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Medical services and health insurance in Thailand

 

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Thailand is one of the strongest among emerging economies, its medical services having improved significantly in recent years.

 

Healthcare however can sometimes be handicapped by a shortage of general practitioners. Most doctors are specialists. This can be a problem because they tend to diagnose and treat within the parameters of their specialty. Also, the patient may be suffering from other medical conditions, which may or may not be associated with their primary health problems.

 

Again, these would be better if they were assessed by a general physician. Some hospitals still have general physicians or family doctors, and it is worth seeking them out if needed.

 

Wealthier patients are likely to use one of over 400 private hospitals. In Bangkok, there are several hospitals with good reputations that are very popular with expatriates. The concentration of foreign patients in these hospitals is very high. Overall, the private sector has four times the number of beds per patient than the state sector, and much shorter waiting times.

 

Hospital fees are properly structured and patients should not feel that they are prey to unscrupulous charging. Nursing care is inexpensive, both in terms of professional attention and room hire, though inpatients may be asked to pay in advance.

 

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As is often the case, certain hospitals offer a broader range of facilities and may be better placed to deal with major emergencies.

 

In such situations, cover with an insurance provider linked to a top-flight assistance company will pay dividends. Assistance companies know where to find the appropriate medical skills. The combination of state and private units sustains a lively health tourism industry. Indeed, Thailand is a credible medical tourism proposition, with lower costs than many other destinations, plus some favourable locations for recuperation.

 

When insured by Pacific Cross Health Insurance, contact us immediately as necessary. We provide a 24-hour helpline and will be able to suggest a hospital specializing in your relevant area of concern. Remember though, our policyholders are always required to pre-notify us before arranging an appointment, except in emergencies.

 

Ensure you are adequately insured.

 

For further advice and guidance, simply contact Pacific Cross Health Insurance PCL at contact@thaivisaprotect.com

 

Thaivisa Health Protect: Medical insurance for expats

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S African suspect in killing of Thai businesswoman captured in Vancouver

By The Nation

 

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A South African man – who allegedly killed a Thai jewellery businesswoman in a Bangkok hotel on Sunday before fleeing to Hong Kong – has been captured in the Canadian city of Vancouver, Immigration Bureau commissioner Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn said on Tuesday.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091717-s-african-suspect-in-killing-of-thai-businesswoman-captured-in-vancouver/

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Prayut to end his weekly TV programme on March 29

By The Nation

 

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also leader of the National Council of Peace and Order, said on Tuesday that he will stop delivering his weekly televised speech from March 29 onwards.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091722-prayut-to-end-his-weekly-tv-programme-on-march-29/

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Toon Bodyslam, King Power announce mid-year charity runs for small hospitals

By Wanchai Kraisornkhajit 
The Nation

 

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Rock star Athiwara “Toon Bodyslam” Khongmalai on Tuesday joined with King Power Duty Free executive Aiyawat Sriwattanaprapa to announce a project for charity running events in all five regions of the country.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091755-toon-bodyslam-king-power-announce-mid-year-charity-runs-for-small-hospitals/

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EC threatened with lawsuits, impeachment over alleged irregularities

By The Nation

 

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THE ELECTION Commission (EC) came under intense pressure yesterday as political parties pushed for transparency and fair treatment amid suspicions of intervention and manipulation of Sunday’s national vote.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091782-ec-threatened-with-lawsuits-impeachment-over-alleged-irregularities/

 

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Pheu Thai claims right to form govt

By Kas Chanwanpen 
The Nation 

 

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Party stitches together coalition of six parties, says poll results point to a rejection of Prayut.

 

THE PHEU THAI Party has reportedly put together a coalition of six parties including Future Forward, Seri Ruam Thai, New Economics, Prachachart and Puea Chat to stake its claim to form a government with a total of over 250 seats in the Lower House.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091783-pheu-thai-claims-right-to-form-govt/

 

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EC must clear public doubts, announce results immediately, insist observer groups

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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MANY international and local observers have taken the Election Commission (EC) to task for failing to hold a fair and transparent ballot, and are calling on the commission to tackle the problems immediately before they start adversely affecting the legitimacy of Thailand’s first general election in nearly a decade.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091720-watchdog-calls-for-ec-to-address-flaws-and-issues-announce-official-election-result-as-soon-as-possible/?do=findComment&comment=13981098

 

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Phayao halts factory activity

By THE NATION

 

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A local villager goes fishing yesterday despite the thick smog over Phayao’s Muang district where the Pollution Control Department’s air-quality station cited a dangerous PM2.5 dust level of 67 micrograms per cubic metre.

 

Governor issues order as province continues to suffer dangerous levels of pollution.

 

WITH PM2.5 at dangerous levels in Phayao province for several days, aggravated by forest fires, provincial governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn has ordered disaster prevention and mitigation officials to ask industrial factories, whose activities generate PM2.5 dust – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter – to suspend work for one or two days until the situation returns to normal. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091784-phayao-halts-factory-activity/

 

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Motor show organisers unfazed by increase in online sales

By KINGSLEY WIJAYASINHA 
THE NATION

 

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Toyota is showing its new Supra sports car at this year’s Bangkok Motor Show.

 

MORE THAN 1.6 million visitors are expected at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), which kicks off today at IMPACT Muangthong Thani.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091785-motor-show-organisers-unfazed-by-increase-in-online-sales/

 

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Sirisak likely to stay in another role

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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Somyot Poompanpuang on his return home with Sirisak Yodyadthai, left.

 

Football Association of Thailand president Somyot Poompamuang says interim national coach Sirisak Yodyadthai is happy to be given any position with the team after they returned from China on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091786-sirisak-likely-to-stay-in-another-role/

 

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Private firm launches sport initiative in Myanmar amid surging demand

By KHINE KYAW 
THE NATION 
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Aung Ye Maung Maung, managing director of LA Sports and Entertainment Co

 

IN RESPONSE to the surging demand for sports events in major cities, a group of young entrepreneurs have come together to establish a company named LA Sports and Entertainment Co to encourage the new blood in Myanmar’s sports scenario, according to Aung Ye Maung Maung, the firm’s managing director.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091787-private-firm-launches-sport-initiative-in-myanmar-amid-surging-demand/

 

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Feasibility of new motorway questioned

By The Nation

 

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Representatives from 34 tambon of five provinces called on the State Audit Office on Tuesday to investigate the amount of money being spent on the construction of the third western ring road.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091788-feasibility-of-new-motorway-questioned/

 

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Time for the military to withdraw

By The Nation

 

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Thailand has swapped rule of the bullet for rule by ballot  – the Army must respect civilian supremacy 
 

The furious horse-trading now underway following Sunday’s election leaves the military with a stark choice: join the scramble for power, or act like a professional army and butt out of the civilian democratic process.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091789-time-for-the-military-to-withdraw/

 

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What the election outcome tells us

By Tulsathit Taptim 
The Nation

 

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Nobody is happy. That probably sums up the feeling after Sunday’s general election, which was predictably dictated by the prolonged political divide rather than tax, education and cannabis promises.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091790-what-the-election-outcome-tells-us/

 

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Anutin: “Kingmaker” or a lot more?

 

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Amid all the uncertainties in the aftermath of Sunday’s general election, one man has gone virtually and mysteriously underground. Everyone’s radar, though, has been searching for Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul, whose name is outstanding on every news website currently because it was mentioned by other people involved in the vociferous race to form a coalition government.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091791-anutin-“kingmaker”-or-a-lot-more/

 

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