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  1. Sheryl

    Health Insurance

    AETNA did indeed buy out BUPA Thailand, And Aetna Thgailand is a distinct entity apart from AETNA global. There are many individual factors that affect what policy you should get. Perhaps the most important ones are your age (which may limit options), whether you have any underlying health problems now or in recent past, and whether you plan to remain permanently in Thailand. It is usually best not to have a local policy if you will grow old here as most of them will raise rates based on claim history/change in health status and that can effectively price you out even though in theory there is guaranteed lifetime renewal. Also, locally issued policies are nto any less expensive than international expat policies and often offer loser levels of cover. You also should be sure to get one that has direct billing arrangements with a large number of Thai hospitals and which does not exclude or limit coverage for chronic diseases (referring to chronic diseases newly acquired after you get the policy - they will pretty much all exclude any chronic disease you already have). I suggest you should contact AA Insurance Brokers www.aainsure.net. Buying through a broker does not cost anything more, they will give you comparison charts of different policies and help you select one, and afterwards can be called on to help if there are any claims issues.
  2. Sheryl

    Eating disorder treatment facilities

    No centers specific to eating disorders here that I know of. Some of the private (and pricey) rehab places claim to be able to treat just about any type of addiction including food addiction. But that is not their main focus (which is drugs/alcohol) and I am nto sure how much real experience they have with it....and haven't seen mention of anorexia if that is the issue. https://www.thecabinchiangmai.com/food-addiction-treatment/ Some of the Western therapists in Bangkok have experience counselling people with eating disorders, this would be on an outpatient basis: https://www.ncs-counseling.com/ http://www.psiadmin.com/
  3. If the health insurance for work that you refer to is Social Security, it does nto take effect until after you have been employed and making contributions. The least expensive hospital would be one of the government hospitals, the only one of any size (and even that being pretty modest) is Vachira in Phuket town. Of the private hospitals Mission would be the least expensive. Do you have a fever? Are you able to keep fluids down? If it is dengue treatment is paracetemol and fluids, and monitoring blood (platlet) count. Chikungunya same but no concern re platlets. Unless there is trouble maintaining hydration or platlet count starts to drop hospitalization is not necessary...though if you live alone and don't have anyone ab;e to stay and help look after you, might feel better being in a hospital.
  4. Letters of sponsorship etc will NOT help, in fact the opposite as would further give the impression she is intending to remain long term in the US. An ordinary tourist does not need a "sponsor". Get the house and land in her name, that will help. And do indeed take some trips abroad to build up a history of travelling and returning. Forget about educational visas and the like, the Embassy will see right through it and count the ploy against her. When she does apply she needs to be completely honest. What exactly is the time urgency?
  5. Why pass the ownership only after the loan is paid off? They can transfer the ownership now, and you assume the loan.
  6. Sheryl

    Balls of feet problem

  7. Sheryl

    Balls of feet problem

    There are a couple of places in Thailand that do orthotic inserts. Where do you live?
  8. Sheryl

    Sciatica and piriformis treatments

    Sciatica is a symptom, not a disease, and causes are multiple. While a tight piriformis muscle can sometimws be the cause it is usually not. Treatment needs to be based on the cause so first step is to consult a spinal specialist to determine the cause. In Udon try Dr. Phanunan Sasiprapha. I think he is at the main government hospital in the provincial town, try through their after hours clinic. He is also on facebook so your wife may be able to contact him through there. I think he may also have a private clinic in town If it turns out to be domething that will require costly treatment she should arrange to have it done under the govt health system. If her hospital is other than the main provincial hospital then she needs a letter of referral to it. But first see what the cause and needed treatment is. Paying privately for consultation isn't going to cost that much and if MRI is needed she'd likely need to pay privately for it anyhow or else wait many months. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  9. I don't think Bangkok Bank vs any other bank was the issue. Immigration likely has no idea that many (?most) retirees use services like Transferwise or even what that is. It was probably just assumed that all transfers from abroad are SWIFT transfers so easily verified in Bank records. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  10. Having prior international trips in your passport helps. So does having a healthy bank balance and a job to come back to. Owning property and having family are also pluses. Basically the Consular officers are looking for indications the person is a bona fide tourist and will in fact come back. Thousands of Thais, including single women, do get tourist visas to the US each year. Unfortunately some of them fail to return and this makes it harder for future applicants. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  11. +1 There was unfortunately no internet when more than 40,000 Cambodian refugees were forced over a cliff into a minefield in 1979. 12-14,000 of them died as a result. The authorities weten't content to just force them back into Cambodia and the hands of the retreating Khmer Rouge. They went out of their way to bus them some distance to a spot with very perilous terrain known to be heavily mined. Outright murder IMO and of the cruelest type as they didn't die quickly. www.pvfund.org/trailer Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. If you have a dollar account in Thailand then certainly uou can send dollars to it. And yes, you can send and receive dollard from a Cambodian account. In both Thailand and Cambodia bank transfer fees may apply. The main difference is that dollar accounts are easy to get (in fact the norm) in Cambodia and offered by all banks whereas more limited availability in Thailand. Another advantage is that interest rates on savings accounts are significantly higher in Cambodia. But the banking sector is younger and arguably less secure. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. In a way. But the former is neutral in connotation while the latter is negative and sensationalist and implies action taken against someone's will or without their knowledge. Also "handcuffed" evokes images of metal cuffs used by police which were almost certainlt not what was used as they'd be too likely to snag on rocks. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  14. I wasn't replying to your post but to walkoff's post (immediately before mine) which was re TW. Swift transfers should never be a problem....but they are a bit costly to do every month. The potential problem is for members using TW or similiar, or getting pensions that are transferred first to a different Thai bank. Saves on transfer fees but will not always show up in your account as an international transfer. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  15. It does not always. Only when Bangkok Bank was the first bank in Thailand to receive it. They do sometimes use other banks in which case it shows as a domestic transfer because it then is one. This has been covered extensively in other thread. TW uses a total of 3 different banks in Thailand, cannot tell you in advance which they will use, and do not select based on your account (i.e. the fact that your account is in one of the 3 banks they use doesn't influence whether they send to that bank.) From all accounts they use Bangkok Bank as much as 80-90% of the time so if your account is there it will usually come through as a foreign transfer but not always. There will be an occasional month where it shows as domestic. It is really very simple: if the bank where you have your account receives the money direct from TW then their records will show that it originated from abroad (in some banks through a code shown in the pass book, in others not but the record is there and the bank can verify it.). If they received it from another bank in Thailand then their records will show it as a domestic transfer and they have no way of knowing it originated from abroad. Only the intermediate bank would k ow this in that case. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app