MEDICAL FACILTIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION:
For your convenience, the Consular Section has compiled a list of local hospitals and doctors. The list can be found here.
The U.S. Embassy Vientiane assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability, reputation or the quality of services provided by the medical professionals, medical facilities or air ambulance services whose names appear on this list. Names are normally listed by specialty and alphabetically. The order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided by the medical professional, medical facility or air ambulance service.
Medical facilities and services in Laos are limited and do not meet Western standards. U.S. citizens in Laos often seek medical care in Thailand. The Friendship Bridge linking Vientiane, Laos, to Nong Khai, Thailand, is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Officials generally will allow travelers to cross after hours in cases of medical emergency. AEK International Hospital (tel: 66-42-342-555), North Eastern Wattana General Hospital (tel: 66-1-833-4262), and Bangkok Hospital (tel: 66-42-343-111) in Udon Thani all have English-speaking staff accustomed to dealing with foreign patients. Ambulances for both AEK International Hospital and Nong Khai Wattana Hospital have permission to cross the Friendship Bridge to collect patients from Vientiane. In Vientiane, the Setthatirat Hospital ambulance (tel: 021-413-720) can take patients to Thailand.
Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a problem throughout Southeast Asia. Please be aware of this problem and purchase pharmaceuticals only through the most reputable pharmacies and with a physician’s prescription.