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BANGKOK 23 July 2019 04:11
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Health insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners in Thailand

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41 minutes ago, bkk6060 said:

Ask your fellow expat low lifes who have not been paying their hospital bills...

Then perhaps they are the ones that should be forced to have mandatory medical insurance. 

No?

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37 minutes ago, sumrit said:

You obviously either don't come from the UK or, if you do, have never ever worked there and paid taxes in your entire life!!

 

As a long term retiree living in Thailand, I am still paying income tax to the UK via my pensions and a portion of that goes towards the cost of the NHS.  I'm still paying for the NHS and I haven't even lived there for fifteen years. And, should I go back to visit and need medical help they will charge me 150% of the cost of the treatment I receive.

 

 

Just a quick question, what are the laws / rules on the NHS not being 'free' to UK citizens after having left the UK for a set amount of time? 

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16 minutes ago, RJRS1301 said:

I am actually surprised it has taken the government so long to demand that farang have insurance.

Wonder what will happen to those married with children, can they join the national scheme??

 

I wouldn't bet on that.

 

And as for the cost. Well that's a little complicated.

 

Now I'm going to exclude those Brits from the conversation who have their pseudo religious NHS.

 

But when we lived full time in Thailand both me and my wife had the then BUPA.

 

We didn't take the outpatient option, and it excluded anything regarding my wife's reproductive system, since years ago she had surgery for a ruptured fallopian cyst.

 

The total cost for the two of us was ฿125k ~$4k, this was for their ฿5M policy, which regardless of what people say is what you need if you intend to be treated in private hospitals, rather that the quack shops in Nakhorn Backofbeyond,

This was back in 2016, the last full year we were in Thailand full time

 

So fast forward to 2019, here we are in the US, and through my wife's work both of us are covered, for inpatient, outpatient and prescription drugs, with no exclusions for pre existing conditions and we pay $7K. Plus Blue Cross covers us when we travel to Thailand for a couple of months a year!

 

Thats where the calculation starts to get a bit iffy if they don't offer some Government scheme for married farangs. 

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4 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

So one will have to show something in advance when first getting the visa and later when applying for the extension.

I thought we've gone over this already. Even Ubonjoe has said it hasn't he? The health insurance in the news article does not mention extensions - just visas and visa renewals!?

>According to Nattawuth, the new rule applies to both new applicants for the non-immigrant visa (O-A), which offers a stay of up to one year, and those wishing to renew their visa. 

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".......or if they wish to use health insurance that they bought overseas, they must ensure that the coverage amount is no less than what is required by the rule. "

 

I actually take my hat off to them as I did not think they would accept overseas insurance - they have pleasantly surprised me and all my previous posts saying I did not think thye would allow overseas insurance were wrong. I stand corrected.

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26 minutes ago, jesimps said:

You're correct, ridiculous and insensitive statement. I've put him on ignore.

same with Medicare.  i still pay into it every month.  

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Just a quick question, what are the laws / rules on the NHS not being 'free' to UK citizens after having left the UK for a set amount of time? 
If you have left the UK you are not eligible for NHS if you return to the UK and become resident you get NHS straight away, that's what I read.

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

Don't tell them you've been away and it's free.

The immigration computer will tell them when you left and when you returned. Sorry can't get away with it that easily.

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6 minutes ago, malibukid said:

the American government should step up to the plate and extend Medicare coverage to it's citizens abroad.  but as usual they will just throw us under the bus.  thanks to the Republicans. 

That's never going to happen.  They can't even control medicare fraud in the US, could you imagine what would happen in the Land of Scams.

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