Libertarians and right-wingers are convinced that de-regulation is always a good thing. But what about for surgery?
According to the BBC, when British woman Joy Williams went into the SP Clinic in Bangkok last October, she must have believed she was about to undergo a straightforward cosmetic operation, at a very reasonable price. She must have believed it would be at a modern facility which has been widely used – and praised – by other patients from overseas.
But her wounds became infected and she died under anaesthetic as the clinic tried to correct what had gone wrong.
Her doctor, Sompob Sansiri, has been charged with recklessly causing her death, and the SP Clinic closed down. It turned out he was not licensed to carry out surgery.
Ms Williams was one of thousands of foreigners who come to Thailand every year for cosmetic surgery.
The prices are typically a third of what they cost in Europe or the US, the medical facilities are often first-class, and some Thai doctors have developed specialist expertise in some cosmetic procedures. However, this is not always the case.