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BANGKOK 24 January 2019 03:15
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Hua Hin hospital finally to repay money to "fleeced" farang cancer sufferer, Damrongtham

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Every time I or my wife have visited a public hospital we have always paid it might be for medication , seeing the doctor , having an X-ray and we have always been given a receipt including any breakdown if it were for multiple items . When my wife had an operation I was given a cost before the op took place we have always found the Government Hospitals to provide a very good service and very affordable. We are both farangs on an extension of stay  ( retirement ) I think the word FLEECED is unfair.

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2 hours ago, huainnews said:

  I've been visiting the hospital, on a Saturday, for over ten years for quarterly check ups and didn't realise for a long time that there was this surcharge of 300 Baht for falangs, it's shown on your bill as 'nursing services'.

  They don't always seem to deduct it and I understand that even the Thais have to pay 200 Baht themselves at weekends on top of their normal 30 Baht fee which covers all services.

There was this 30bath scheme, still is but paying the 30bath is scrapped. 

Hospitals who are still asking for the 30bath are filling jar for snacks, at the hospital near me there's a sign saying DO NOT PAY 30 BATH on top of the counter, my wife said they are a fair hospital.

It is 0 bath for who have (compulsory) insurrance, and pikar (invalids) and thai people in the social welfare program.

 

And for the case of the Dutchman, I would do the same.

 

Rgds

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  Cannot fault the government hospital, I go to see the doctor in clinic 7 every three months to check on my blood pressure, sometimes having blood tests as well. Total cost including medication for BP, Insomnia and vitamins for the next 90 days rarely exceeds 1,000 Baht.

  Two years ago I had a hernia operation which, including 4 nights in a private room, was 18,000 Bt.

Someone I know had a similar operation in one of the towns private hospital, the same surgeon but it cost them 60,000 Baht!

   The 858 Baht our Dutch friend was charged, if it was for every visit, sounds to me as though it was for some specialist treatment or technology. The 'additional charge' being something which as Bill Murray would say, was 'lost in translation'

 

 

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16 minutes ago, huainnews said:

  Cannot fault the government hospital, I go to see the doctor in clinic 7 every three months to check on my blood pressure, sometimes having blood tests as well. Total cost including medication for BP, Insomnia and vitamins for the next 90 days rarely exceeds 1,000 Baht.

  Two years ago I had a hernia operation which, including 4 nights in a private room, was 18,000 Bt.

Someone I know had a similar operation in one of the towns private hospital, the same surgeon but it cost them 60,000 Baht!

   The 858 Baht our Dutch friend was charged, if it was for every visit, sounds to me as though it was for some specialist treatment or technology. The 'additional charge' being something which as Bill Murray would say, was 'lost in translation'

 

 

Totally agree.

I went to see my specialist yesterday at my local Government hospital, consultation, 100 Tramadol and 40 Dicloxacillin capsules, total bill 210 baht.

I also go to weekly physiotherapy there, including ultrasound, electrolysis, hot pack, then half an hour in the exercise room, and the bill for that is 180 baht !

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7 hours ago, KiChakayan said:

Could someone explain to me what's wrong with this? I and/or my insurance pay when I get medical treatment...

 

The fact the hospital will refund 20K means more than enough. A bit fishy.

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