Long-delayed, Pattaya Hospital will open fully in January, more than two years late.
The 177 million government hospital has been open for outpatient service and limited inpatient service since May with less than 30 beds. Another 30 percent of the 86 beds will come online in November and all of the 86 beds “probably” by the end of January, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome said Oct. 24.
The mayor originally announced in June 2010 that full service would be available by the end of 2011.
Already open for outpatient service and limited inpatient service, Pattaya Hospital on Soi Buakaow should be fully open by the end of January.
As a public facility, Pattaya Hospital will offer free primary health services for people with state insurance and the lowest prices for tourists, city officials have promised. The 24-hour center will have five medical departments in addition to the outpatient clinic open during daytime hours only.
“Pattaya Hospital will provide medical treatment, health exams and health insurance under the concept of ‘private treatment under at government prices,’” Itthiphol said. “The service is up to standards and quick, as well as being very hospitable. And it has the newest new technology. Residents will receive service according to the government’s charges, which are affordable, making it easy for those with low incomes to use these services.”