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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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On 5/14/2019 at 8:24 AM, Jeffrey346 said:

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

 

How about all those who like to post "My wife is a civil servant, and under the Thai social security system I will get free treatment ", they could well have been chocking on they cornflakes this morning reading this. they now might have to pay for their own health insurance.

 

 

It probably has been said ,what if the hospital  you go to does not take your health insurance ,I had a hip replacement done last year I showed them my UK health insurance card and they would not accept it ,they accepted my AIA card, which paid for some of the costs, but I had to pay upfront then claim it back from the insurance company, and that took 6 months  

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On 5/14/2019 at 12:20 PM, jesimps said:

You'll probably get it anyway. I read recently that the hospitals have given up checking the passports of health tourists. Too much work. I'd imagine a Brit with an NHS number will have no problem bluffing his way in.

Not been back to the UK for years so I don't know anything about any NHS number. Even when I lived there I don't remember ever having a number just a file at the doctors. Obviously when I go back I will have to register and get that number. I wonder what they ask for when you register.

 

 

Den

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Don Mega said:

other than renew the visa what else could it mean ?

There is no visa renewal, ever, a visa expires then you get a new one or apply for an extension of stay (not visa). A visa gives you entry and permission to stay, after the visa expires, and approaching the end of your permission to stay you apply for an extension to the stay.

 

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 I'd imagine a Brit with an NHS number will have no problem bluffing his way in........But You wouldn't have to BLUFF You're Way in....

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