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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 13:48
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Vachira Phuket Hospital to start charging ‘after-hours’ service fee

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Sensible.

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Now the question is..what is deemed as an "Emergency"....just don't get hurt or sick after hours....

Look ..100 baht isn't a big deal...for most people ...its the principle,,,are they that hard up?...are the doctors any better after hours?...does the staff have to work any differently after hours???...do we get better service after hours?

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34 minutes ago, Lingba said:

Now the question is..what is deemed as an "Emergency"....just don't get hurt or sick after hours....

Look ..100 baht isn't a big deal...for most people ...its the principle,,,are they that hard up?...are the doctors any better after hours?...does the staff have to work any differently after hours???...do we get better service after hours?

This hospital gets swamped day and night with emergencies and all kinds of small illnesses and injuries. So yes, there is a very good reason to try and get the people in during standard operating hours.

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I could feel OK about these charges if staff were being paid "overtime" rates but I suspect that will not be the case ?

I am not sure what their reasoning is for the higher charges.

When I visited my local public hospital on Monday morning, crowd control was chaotic, and I would have thought a discounted rate to encourage after hours visits would be a better idea ? Staff are probably working now three shifts per day with more required between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.  

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7 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

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If 100 baht for hospital treatment is a problem for any expat on this forum, it may be time to head home to their safety net in home country.

 

 

AFAIK this 100 baht is only for Thai residents. Foreigners pay 'private' rates at Vachira.

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Posted (edited)

the extra fee is to discourage non emergency "convenience" and "self entitled" patients from tying up emergency services. 

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On 4/10/2019 at 9:41 AM, stevenl said:

This hospital gets swamped day and night with emergencies and all kinds of small illnesses and injuries. So yes, there is a very good reason to try and get the people in during standard operating hours.

Aren't normal operating hours of a hospital 24/7?

 

What the hell do they exist for other than treat people 24/7?

 

Should the police now start charging a service fee to report a crime outside "standard operating hours"?

 

Spent too long in Lala land where nonsense starts to make sense?

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4 hours ago, Reigntax said:

Aren't normal operating hours of a hospital 24/7?

 

What the hell do they exist for other than treat people 24/7?

 

Should the police now start charging a service fee to report a crime outside "standard operating hours"?

 

Spent too long in Lala land where nonsense starts to make sense?

Yes, 24/7 for emergencies. But for a sprained ankle from 8 till 6 is fine.

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