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Health insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners in Thailand


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6 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

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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But people say visa renewal all the time to describe extensions and that includes the press, visa agent adverts, and even immigration officers. So pretending there is any certainty indicated in the language coming in the press now is simply FOOLISH. 

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1 hour ago, Tuvoc said:

 

Of course you have to be truthful on any insurance application, if not then you are throwing your money down the toilet as the cover would be void. However I assume they have no access to your overseas medical record, so in that scenario unless you were diagnosed in Thailand how would they know ? 

The policies are useless anyway. They will find a reason not to pay out. It's just another visa tax.

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Its hard to understand the thinking ,the response to the question "what about people who cant get insurance?" More than likely have more money deposited to cover it ,well they just told us we cant use 400k of our own money any longer,thought that would have been for "emergencies" crazy Thailand

 

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Just now, ivor bigun said:

Its hard to understand the thinking ,the response to the question "what about people who cant get insurance?" More than likely have more money deposited to cover it ,well they just told us we cany use 400k of our own money any longer,thought that would have been for "emergancies" crazy Thailand

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Yes, true, but that is only for the bank method. Income method people don't even need a local bank account if they can still get an embassy letter. 

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49 minutes 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.

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2 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

Its not so much skipping and not paying, its also just the extra burden on the public system. Ex-pats without insurance (even when they pay) tend to use the cheaper public hospitals that are already stretched, have lots of patients and waiting lists etc.

Make ex-pats get insurance and it moves them into private hospitals freeing up the public system.

I see you never have experience for scammers privates hospitals, good Luke

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1 hour ago, Huckenfell said:

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.

 

And you seriously think they are interested in having explanations from foreigners or foreigners telling them how to do their job?

Sorry.

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