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BANGKOK 17 July 2019 02:02
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Health insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners in Thailand

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3 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

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

So, you are advising to lie and commit fraud?

Wow, says a lot.....

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8 minutes ago, WorriedNoodle said:

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. 

  And that's where it gets murky.  Many people start off with an O-A visa and then "renew" it by obtaining an extension of their permission to stay.  One cannot "renew" an O-A visa; one obtains a new one.  Remains to be seen.

  

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7 minutes ago, WorriedNoodle said:

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. 

And the difference between a 'visa renewal' and a 'visa extension' is?

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So the thb 800.000,- in a bank for retirement will change to thb 400.000,- Because as they sad it was meant for medical emergencies. Health insurance coverage at least thb 400.000 a year. Thai health system is collapsing and it looks to me that they're just using foreigners to keep up the current health system for the thai people.

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This post is the most sensible on this thread so far and is likely to be the only one
 
well said
Great post and in a country where common sense is high that would be working, no common sense here whatsoever!!!

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14 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I was in the government hospital yesterday, saw the doctor, saw the nurses, minor treatment, given meds to take home.

Took a while, was there 5hrs, total bill 77bht.

I am insured by the Thai Gov.. My co-pay is B280. How can your bill be B77, Makes no sense..

 

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1 hour ago, SpokaneAl said:

A non imm o-a multi entry visa is obtained via a Thai Embassy or Consulate in your home country and gotten be purchased in Thailand. You have an extension of stay based on marriage.

"gotten be purchased in Thailand"??

 

Please explain?

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4 hours ago, gunderhill said:

So how many are going to be leaving now, what exactly s a NON O -A I have a visa which just states NON O married to a  Thai (no other letters  after it) been on it for 6  years.

Perhaps someone can clarify if  it  will  apply to me?

If big joke was bad, then the new boss is worse.

Many more expats will leave now .

Health insurance is a good thing but very expensive, combined with the new banking rules prohibitive for many more now.

I think the NZ government should revoke the ACC rights for tourists, an accident compensation insurance that covers visitors to NZ.

The Koreans sent many Thais packing back to LOS after BJ deported a lot of Koreans.

I found the public health system in Thailand quite reasonable, I did have to return to NZ for health problems once, however if your caught out and no insurance then you are in trouble.

I had to stay in hospital in Udon Thani for one week costing me 37,000 Bht, plus a scan of 10,000.

So it would have mounted up if worse problems had existed.

Crowd funding has helped many out, I am not sure whether absconding of tourists or expats is a big problem.

I know they were not going to let me go without paying, I was escorted to the ATM and gladly paid my bill.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Jeffrey346 said:

I am insured by the Thai Gov.. My co-pay is B280. How can your bill be B77, Makes no sense..

 

Probably the cost of a Coke in the waiting room.

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4 hours ago, gunderhill said:

So how many are going to be leaving now, what exactly s a NON O -A I have a visa which just states NON O married to a  Thai (no other letters  after it) been on it for 6  years.

Perhaps someone can clarify if  it  will  apply to me?

A non immigrant OA visa is a multi entry visa that you apply for in your home country.. at the end of the first year you can leave the country before the visa expires.. re-enter and get a 2nd year.. but no re-entrys in 2nd year..  requirements:  65K per month income or combination income & cash deposit.. medical check.. police check...and now .. insurance..   Non O married visa is not mentioned in the press release.. Good question.. will Non O married require insurance too???  Does anyone know?   Also.. does anyone know insurance company that will cover 75 years+ ?? 

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