There are so many stories and theories going around the internet about COVID-19, I thought it might be good to share my experience at the hospital in Bangkok testing for the virus so English-speaking people in Thailand can be well-informed.
There are around 18 hospitals that can test Coronavirus disease in Bangkok at the moment. I called a few and ended up choosing Chula because it’s on the cheaper end. I added the link for all the hospitals and prices at the end of this article.
COVID-19 Testing at Chula Hospital
Chula (King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital) is one of the biggest hospitals in Thailand. There’s no appointment needed. The hospital is pretty huge. If you are lost, just ask for the COVID building and people will know where to take you.
First, you will need to go through the screening process. They asked me a lot of questions to assess my risk level. In my case, I had been having all the symptoms for a week. I also hung out with people that just got back from Japan, and went to the same bars as the group of eleven people that recently tested positive.
The initial screening cost 200thb+. Then the next step is a chest x-ray which cost me 1050thb. Not all the hospital will require the chest x-ray first, you can check with the hospital before going in.
After the x-ray, I got to see the doctor who asked a lot more questions. I wasn’t super sick but still wanted to take the actual COVID-19 test so I needed to pay for a swab test myself. This step cost 2500thb. If you are super sick or fit the risky profile, the swab test will be free. This test involves getting the back of your throat and inside of your nose swabbed for the virus and tested by the lab.
After that, you can go home and they will call/email you the result in a day or two. During this time, it’s recommended to stay home and limit your interaction with other people. My result was negative, as you can see it says “Not Detected” below.
The hospital was not really busy, and everyone seemed to know what they were doing. There were probably around 10-20 people getting tested when I was there.
So the whole thing was 3550thb or around 120USD. It was super fast and accessible if you are in Bangkok. There are no hospitals outside the capital that can test this virus as of now.
Drive-through Corona Virus Testing
Ramkhaeng Hospital just set up drive-through testing on March 14. It costs 6,500 THB. The test is available in the hospital parking lot zone every day between 8 am to 6 pm. Although, only a couple days after the announcement, the hospital form said the drive-through test is fully booked. You can keep an eye on their Facebook page for an update.
COVID-19 Testing Cost
Besides my own experience at Chula, here’s the price list of some other hospitals:
|Hospital||Prices (in THB)|
|Siriraj Piya Maharajkaroon||9,900|
|Phya Thai 2||6,500|
Thank you Thai PBS for the information.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 testing in Bangkok, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can. If you are not in the risky group or have the symptoms, please stay home so we don’t overwhelm the healthcare system. Let’s do our part and we will get through this together