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Health insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners in Thailand

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3 minutes ago, Melbun said:

So you are 70 big deal - even Maccas employed older people - just an idea - do you have a better one? You are going to have to find the money somehow if you want to stay in Thailand - working to finance your premium seem a rational way (if you can't at present afford it).

Yep I'm 70 .....NO Big Deal,But I Won't be going back to the U.K (To Work ) If I Have to go back I'll do what all The Immigrants Do there.....BENEFIT Heaven.....

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7 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

Don't keep us in suspense, what do you consider it says?

It says pretty much the same thing as OP. Talks about OA visa but also about renewal, and not clear what renewal means 

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Some baiting posts and the inflammatory replies have been removed. 

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1 hour ago, Melbun said:

Oh really -an axe to grind. I though my logic made sense. I stand corrected. You are an ostrich maybe and don't like to listen (or spell correctly it's " you seem " not seam.

Oh, must have hit a nerve then.

An Ostrich, very funny. just goes to show how much you know, from afar.

Well done for joining the spelling and grammar police of Tv, 

good job.:coffee1:

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On 5/14/2019 at 4:05 AM, Thaiwrath said:

I am sure, with the proficiency of English within the Thai immigration, this should not pose any problems ! 😂 😂 😂

This latest hurdle that they have found for us to jump over needs to be questioned.  Someone with the ability needs to organise another petition explaining to the government that many of us long term visa holders cannot get insurance because of our age. Asking them what is the reason for the 800.000 bht  required in the visa application. Explaining the incompassionate cruelty, that many will have to leave and desert their Thai families. This petition should be only open to those concerned and certainly not the likes of teenage tourists or in fact anyone who is not a retirement visa holder. Unless they are going to apply for one.

 

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17 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

If you read the OP, it also talks about a  cash deposit scheme for those who cannot get insurance. Not in place yet but niether is the insurance. 

 

Yes. I imagine there will surely be this option. They don't want to be seen to be breaking up families, that would create bad international publicity, something they seem keen to avoid in most areas.

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10 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

It says pretty much the same thing as OP. Talks about OA visa but also about renewal, and not clear what renewal means 

other than renew the visa what else could it mean ?

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Just now, Nong Khai Man said:

But I Don't Drink Alcohol Anyway !!

Think his just jealous he can't ever live here. :giggle:

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After my friend has made several phone calls to immigration he has been told it will only apply to O-X visa long stay 10 yr visa,and was told not to read the newspapers.

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3 hours ago, gmac said:

But then there this :- 

 

"UPDATE: Phuket Immigration Chief Col Kathathorn Kumthieng confirmed to The Phuket News today (May 14) that he has been informed of the new requirement but that he has yet to receive an order for his office to start applying it when processing applications for one-year Non-Immigrant O-A permits-to-stay.

Col Kathathorn also confirmed that the new insusrance requirement applies only to Non-Immigrant O-A "retirement" visas."


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/cabinet-approves-mandatory-health-insurance-for-long-stay-visas-71424.php#pLgXBXuJ2VvlgRuJ.99

 

Apologies if some one has already posted this I'm only up to page 38  so far!  

Then let us hope we ALL can let that chief col Kathathorn  do our  ret. ext. application :thumbsup:

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1 minute ago, brianthainess said:

After my friend has made several phone calls to immigration he has been told it will only apply to O-X visa long stay 10 yr visa,and was told not to read the newspapers.

 

Chances are that immigration officer is just speculating as well. Let's wait for further information.

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33 minutes ago, Krataiboy said:

Your posting shows little understanding of or empathy with the situation of many long-term, elderly expats like myself, who have raised families with a Thai national in the expectation of spending the rest of our lives here.

 

"Go home, for god's sake" is advice I, for one, am unwilling to take - any more than I relish being blackmailed into buying outrageously expensive insurance which precludes treatment for existing conditions most likely to kill me off!

 

Like many of my sensible and responsible contemporaries, I have set aside part of my modest savings to take care of my medical needs. The rest I was planning to leave to my wife, who has taken good care of me - and our family of five children - for 17 years and will doubtless continue to do so in my dotage.

 

I have no wish to resettle in my homeland (the UK) for any reason - and certainly not on the off chance of receiving better medical treatment than here. Apart from any other consideration, this would mean saying goodbye to the people I love most and the place I call home. 

 

Hopefully, you now understand why your "go home" advice is, for large numbers of us, as impractical as it is arrogant.

 

 

Well said Krataiboy.  This is exactly what is facing so many of us. In my last post i am asking for someone with the ability to post a petition for Thai immigration.

 

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31 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

Don't keep us in suspense, what do you consider it says?

I am afraid i will have to ask you this question as i cannot safely work it out.

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