The Phuket City facility, one of three public hospital on the island, is now offering a ''special'' for those who wish to become a blood donor.
Give blood 18 times, the hospital has now declared, and you will get your inpatient care at the hospital at a 50 percent reduction in cost.
Give blood 24 times, and your inpatient care will cost you nothing.
The deal should help to ease the blood shortage in types that are found more often in Caucasians than in Thais.
It should also ease the problem of expats who don't have insurance, and who are still treated regardless by doctors and nurses at the hospital.
The deal was highlighted in a sad way recently when a 53-year-old German expat died of cancer there last month.
He left a Thai wife and children aged 19 and 15. The bill for the final care of the man was 80,000 baht, and the family would have had great difficulty paying it.
Then the wife produced his record of blood donations over the years . . . and the 80,000 bill miraculously disappeared.
Generally speaking, blood donations can be made up to four times a year, so the target of a 50 percent cut in inpatient costs can be reached in as little as six years, while free care can be achieved in just two more years.
Vachira wants to grow its list of donors in any case, because there's always a need for plasma. Donors get the VIP treatment and it's as regular outing that gives plenty in return.
For those who have plenty to spare, the hospital is also offering a different kind of deal: give two million baht to the building program and treatment in the VIP suites at the hospital is free for you and your immediate family for the rest of your lives.
Deals lke these should at least put a smile on the face of a few sick people. Get in touch with Vachira on 076 76 237 237 to find out more.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival also brings an increased demand for blood and it starts on October 5.
The Phuket Regional Blood Centre is offering an approrpiate white t-shirt as a gift to all those who donate between now and October 13.
The centre at Rattanakosin 200 Pi Road in Phuket City is open every day. Telephone 076251178-2 or 0819588854 for details.