|Moonlighters in Thai Hospitals|
|Written by Sam|
|Friday, 10 October 2008|
So you decided to see a doctor at BNH Hospital based on a friend's recommendation. Only to find out that that doctor works at BNH Hospital on Saturday PM. Wonder if he's semi-retired ? Where is he working during the weekdays ?
The truth is some Thai doctors are full-time moonlighters. They maintain office hours at several hospitals througout the week. Here, it's not unusual to see the same doctors at two or even three different hospitals on the same day! These moonlighters are well-trained magnet doctors, hence, hospitals are willing to have them on payrolls on a part-time basis.
Another type of moonlighters also exist here. These are lecturers in a teaching hospitals. During business hours, they work at one of half a dozen medical schools/teaching hospitals in Bangkok. After regular hours and on weekends, they work at a private hospital. These part-time moonlighters are called "Ajarn-Mor" by Thais. It means the doctors' teacher because they tend to be well respected among doctors and have extensive experience in their specialty. One way to spot them is to look for a doctor who only works in the evening and on weekends.
Still, the majority of Thai doctors are full-timers, and work at one hospital. If you choose to see one of these doctors, you will be able to see them at the same hospital pretty much anytime throughout the year.
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