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Health insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners in Thailand

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27 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

Maybe because adding a insurance requirement to OA visas, after it's already been a requirement for OX visas, is not very big news.

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It would be big news.  You know it and so do I.  It is not being covered because it cannot be verified. 

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40 minutes ago, garyk said:

Na, you can do unlimited visa runs in Malaysia. There is no restriction. 

I mean if you want to give them your money they will take it.. haha

But for long term stay very easy and extremely cheap.

 

I drove over from Thailand and stayed about a year, the only hassle was if you bring in a Thai GF or wife I guess. They only get a one month visa and have to stay out for 7 days when they leave. 

 

Not only that the food kicks Thailands ass big time. Wow, it is amazing in Georgetown. I am talking amazing delicious and cheap.

 

You can do 1 or two visa runs in Malaysia.  Immigration officials will place an entry stamp, known as a social visit pass (visa), in your passport authorizing a stay of up to 90 days. Travelers may apply to the Immigration Department for extensions of up to two months.  I believe you have to show $10,000.

Lots of stories about problems getting in for a second or third run.  You can google. 

 

https://traveleverywhere-earnanywhere.com/2018/10/29/extending-your-malaysian-short-term-social-visit-visa/

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It would be big news.  You know it and so do I.  It is not being covered because it cannot be verified. 
If it was going to affect all expats over 50 living in Thailand, it would be huge news. But it isn't, and therefore it isn't very newsworthy. To be fair, I believe a Pattaya radio station broadcast a piece that took the line that you are pushing, but now that the dust has settled I think they have retracted it, or are at least not repeating it.



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1 hour ago, marcusarelus said:

You can do 1 or two visa runs in Malaysia.  Immigration officials will place an entry stamp, known as a social visit pass (visa), in your passport authorizing a stay of up to 90 days. Travelers may apply to the Immigration Department for extensions of up to two months.  I believe you have to show $10,000.

Lots of stories about problems getting in for a second or third run.  You can google. 

 

https://traveleverywhere-earnanywhere.com/2018/10/29/extending-your-malaysian-short-term-social-visit-visa/

Nonsense, Malaysia does not care. Immigration there is the easiest I have ever delt with. I did back to back 90 days tourist visa for a year. Then several years did the tourist stamp several times in a year. 

10,000  haha.  

 

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1 hour ago, garyk said:

Nonsense, Malaysia does not care. Immigration there is the easiest I have ever delt with. I did back to back 90 days tourist visa for a year. Then several years did the tourist stamp several times in a year. 

10,000  haha.  

 

In all fairness policies like that are subject to change for any country. So it may have already changed since you were doing that. 

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

In all fairness policies like that are subject to change for any country. So it may have already changed since you were doing that. 

I doubt it very seriously.  But, i will ask a friend that lives in Frazier hill.

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Looks like we have nearly another six weeks of this uncertainty, I can't believe that a big concern like the Nation cannot get a definitive answer to who exactly will be affected by this mandatory health insurance?  Many people are voicing there opinion, and to be honest I can see both sides of the debate.  However, like hundreds, maybe thousands of others who read this forum, we need something from an official source.

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8 hours ago, garyk said:

Nonsense, Malaysia does not care. Immigration there is the easiest I have ever delt with. I did back to back 90 days tourist visa for a year. Then several years did the tourist stamp several times in a year. 

10,000  haha.  

 

How long ago did you do this as nothing I read and the agent I employed did not agree with you?

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59 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

How long ago did you do this as nothing I read and the agent I employed did not agree with you?

2014/2015 I did back-2-back visa exempt for 15 months in KL, but I was travelling in & out a lot (e.g. I went to the UK for 2 weeks, came back for 5 days then went to Aus/NZ for 2 weeks, came back for 2 days then Thailand for a month, back for 4 days, Bali for 1 month etc...) - Longest I ever spent in-country was probably 2, maybe 2.5 weeks

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, sumrit said:

Plus the standard policy is not available to new applicants that are over the age of sixty-five, so us over that age would have no option other than to pay the higher premiums.

Youve had longer to save though lol😃😃

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3 hours ago, stillhereandlovinit said:

Youve had longer to save though lol😃😃

And more time to get those 'pre-existing conditions' that are exempted under that more expensive insurance policy.......so we're paying more for less 555 😀😀

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5 hours ago, Mike Teavee said:

2014/2015 I did back-2-back visa exempt for 15 months in KL, but I was travelling in & out a lot (e.g. I went to the UK for 2 weeks, came back for 5 days then went to Aus/NZ for 2 weeks, came back for 2 days then Thailand for a month, back for 4 days, Bali for 1 month etc...) - Longest I ever spent in-country was probably 2, maybe 2.5 weeks

I heard that then.  I think you will find it is now changed.  Far more expensive than Thailand for the older expat. 

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 9:45 AM, Longcut said:

It's not hospitals like Bumrungrad that the Thai government is worried about not being paid. Private hospitals have their own way of collecting money. 

  Tricare will not send payments to Thai government hospitals. 

 

The insurance policy must offer up to Bt40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to Bt400,000 for inpatient treatment. 

 

This is one of the measures the government has introduced to ease the financial burden placed on state hospitals by foreigners, many of whom have not paid for treatment. 

"Tricare will not send payments to Thai government hospitals."

 

False. Thai government hospitals have chosen not to directly bill TRICARE.

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3 minutes ago, Neocon said:

"Tricare will not send payments to Thai government hospitals."

 

False. Thai government hospitals have chosen not to directly bill TRICARE.

Then why will they send payment to private hospitals? Assuming you mean FMP too.

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 10:25 AM, Longcut said:

I agree. Government hospitals are good for minor things. When I was in Bangkok Hospital last year, they wouldn't file anything with Tricare. Said, Tricare wouldn't accept it. I had to pay first and then file. Maybe you just have better luck. 

"When I was in Bangkok Hospital last year, they wouldn't file anything with Tricare. Said, Tricare wouldn't accept it."

 

You were not told the truth. The hospital chose not to directly bill TRICARE and then tried to blame TRICARE.

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