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Health insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners in Thailand

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16 hours ago, Letseng said:

An expat friend of mine works for one of the smaller private hospitals. His job is chasing after ppl who left  hospital without paying. 

 

"The farang deadbeat bill payers is a COMPLETE LIE.."

 

This is not a lie. Sad truth is that many left without paying. Therefore, we have the "pay up front" or no treatment.

 

Apart from this, Thais require to show insurance when applying for Schengen visa. 

So everytime I go for treatment anywhere my passport is copied, so someone is incompetent here as all hospitals have to do is notify immigration, then the person is flagged and either on exit or they report they are held to account. If however its a problem of so many illegals who don't report then they have a bigger problem than people not paying at hospitals.

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2 hours ago, Mango Bob said:

From what I am reading here one group need to get Insurance while another group that is doing an extension of stay does not need it.  I think anyone saying they don't need to purchase insurance is a bunch of crap.  I don't care who the hell is telling you this.  It is a bunch of BS and some people here are buying it because it means they don't have to pay.  Wake up it does affect you and me.  We all have to have the insurance.  Stop playing word games here.  

No you don't you can self insure, but like most things thai that is very light on for details, I will happily open an account and deposit 440 000 baht in it to cover myself.

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It seems like most postings here are from people who actually live in Thailand year round. I wonder if the government has considered that there are people who stay there 6 months a year on O-A visas. I am guessing that the insurance policies offered on the website are for annual policies. They really have not thought this through very well.


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1 minute ago, Searat7 said:

It seems like most postings here are from people who actually live in Thailand year round. I wonder if the government has considered that there are people who stay there 6 months a year on O-A visas. I am guessing that the insurance policies offered on the website are for annual policies. They really have not thought this through very well.


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That qualifies as the understatement of the year on TV.

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Seriously, can you imagine IMO officers trying to read a German, Ukrainian, Norweign, etc insurance policies? Are we going to have to have them translated to Thai? 

 

It says health coverage but it only seems logical that accident insurance is required as well. More $$$. 

 

Bend over! And not for the doctor. 

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Wow, a lot to wade through.  I can't help but think there are a lot of people clutching at straws here.  Going through the terminology of what's been announced with a fine tooth comb.  Unfortunately I read it as everybody over fifty on a long stay visa will be required to get the health insurance.  If you have just renewed your visa, good luck to you, looks like you have another year.  If it's due in the next couple of months, expect the worse.

 

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12 hours ago, Knocker33 said:

Surely if you are married to a Thai their all caring loving family members will help with bill.  Oh sorry had bit of a fantasy moment there

Yeh right - the moment you cease to be a cash cow - POQ&DCB.

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2 hours ago, rott said:

So exactly how many Hospital Bill dodgers are there (westerners only please) and what is the annual cost? Source required naturally.

 

I keep asking but all the govt apologists who know all about it seem unable to respond. Now you seem made of the right stuff, I like the cut of your jib etc, surely you can answer a simple question.

It doesn't matter whether it was 1 or 1,000, the simple answer is enough to make the Thai government to believe that it's a problem and feel the need to introduce compulsory health insurance for all of us

 

P.S. I don't know how many people were abusing Visa Exempts either, but my answer would be the same, I.E.  Enough...   

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I guess the party is over eh? How about the thousands who don't read this forum, what a surprise they will get.

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4 hours ago, MiNombreEsFicticious said:

Another proposed solution that proves without a doubt that the Thais do not have the innate ability to solve problems...to solve a problem...one problem...any problem. Never have, never gonna. Today it's health insurance for farangs, last week it was Thai Airways, Pollution, Fires burning up north. Immigration rules. Poverty. Income inequality. Corruption. Corruption. Corrupt people. Education. Declining IQs of Thai children. Traffic deaths. Thai males. Vocational school gang rivalries. Prisons not suitable for humans. Dubai et al.

What do you expect? Their behaviour and problem-solving fits Thais' mindset of 5-year olds...

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40 minutes ago, Melbun said:

You have to think ahead. That's why a lot of jokers here are pissing their pants. No forward thinking and no contingency plans. Too many ostriches burying their heads in the sand hoping it will all fizzle out "It Won't"

You seam to have an axe to grind.

I suspect it's because you can't, and will never be able to afford,  to live here.

Why else are you going on about something,  that does not effect you.

as a tourist. :coffee1:

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Just for info. none of this has been approved by immigration to implement.  They will need to approve it (if in fact they do) and set rules accordingly.

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3 hours ago, Nemises said:

My AU credit card provides complimentary travel insurance for my 11 month yearly Thai “holiday”. I’ll just flash the Imm Office my credit card. Too easy. 

Does the Insurance provided by the AU credit card provide, in the Thai language, a explanation of bneefits and a Certificate of Cover? Not Easy. Hard. This is the final "nail in the coffin" for retiring to Thailand.  

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