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Mandatory health insurance for foreigners aged over 50 in Thailand - why it may not affect you

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On 5/20/2019 at 1:26 AM, garyk said:

I agree, I am kinda curious what else they will do to extract money out of the expats, and long term hanger owners. I thought 800K was a stretch, then the 400K hit, that one caught me completely by surprise.  Now the insurance!  Damn, we need to start a pole to see who can guess the next thing they will hit us with... haha

Read the OP again, you are confused. 

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This talks about stay extension based on retirement. Does the same apply to stay extensions based on accompany spouse visa?

 

John

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On 5/15/2019 at 6:12 PM, gamini said:

I would love it. because of my age I can't get health insurance. The government could force insurance companies to insure everyone of every age, like in some other countries where it's against the law to discriminate against aged persons

Yeah, but guess what? You'll pay through the nose for it.  Let's see how much you love it then??

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On 5/15/2019 at 6:41 PM, 4MyEgo said:

What's next ?

probably abolish retirement visa's altogether.

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On 5/15/2019 at 3:55 PM, Kay McDonnell said:

Maybe media outlets should clarify the information before announcing these statements in future. 

If that’s the case, then no Thailand news would ever be reported. 

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12 hours ago, Straight8 said:

probably abolish retirement visa's altogether.

They are a strange thing to begin with. F.ex, where did that 50y age limit come from? Nice round number?

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5 hours ago, DrTuner said:

They are a strange thing to begin with. F.ex, where did that 50y age limit come from? Nice round number?

Used to be 55 and 60 (depending on financial levels), reduced to age 50 in 1998.

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I went to my immigration office in Phitsanulok. Spoke with 3 different officers, and my wife spoke with them in Thai. Limited English but the gist of it was that "extention to stay" would not require health insurance. How informed they really are, I'm not sure. In my experience it is not uncommon for Thais to offer information they do not really know. Nonetheless its positive. We've got to just wait for something more official.

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You are exactly correct, i would like to see real undisputed stats on this,was it immigration failing to track them down,hospital failing to report, it was probably both IF at all. I M O someone is fiddling the books to get the cash and falangs are a good target to blame. As we know hospital staff have been caught in the past.

I am not sure anyone ever blamed farangs for unpaid hospital bills. I believe it was “foreigners”. But, if paranoia is preferred.....


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On 5/27/2019 at 5:42 AM, Straight8 said:

Yeah, but guess what? You'll pay through the nose for it.  Let's see how much you love it then??

In civilised countries everyone pays the same, in the end, on the average, throughout your lifetime. Young people complain about paying for the older guys but that's the time when you can best afford it.

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Posted (edited)

Hello,

 

This mandatory insurance was supposed to be implemented on july 1st but I see no post on that subject since the beginning of june.

 

No news about it ? was is abandoned ?

 

Thanks

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Does anyone know where an eighty year old can buy medical insurance here in Thailand ?

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24 minutes ago, cracker1 said:

Does anyone know where an eighty year old can buy medical insurance here in Thailand ?

Out of curiosity I checked Cigna Thailand for a quote for an 80yo male. 

They have a form that you just fill in quickly. No questions other than your age, email address and phone nr.

I chose the cheapest plan with a $7,500 deductible and premium paid a year in advance.

I was automatically quoted some THB 230,000 for one year.  😀

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On 5/15/2019 at 2:58 PM, Peterw42 said:

Maybe do some research before making statments that the insurance isnt available

Here is a list of several insurance companies that offer the 400/40 insurance requirements. These companies have been offering this insurance ever since the OX visa was introduced, the OX has the same 400k in/40k out requirements.

 

https://longstay.tgia.org

It is worth noting that the Guidelines statement... 

"Each applicant, including spouse and children, must hold Thai Health Insurance policy sold by authorized insurance companies only." 

 

This is deceiving. According to the April 2019 statement regarding the O-A health insurance initative, foreign health insurance that can be used in Thailand and meets minimum requirements is accepted. A question if you read this, do happen to have any annual amounts you can share with us on the listed Thai companies?

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22 minutes ago, Tounge Thaied said:

It is worth noting that the Guidelines statement... 

"Each applicant, including spouse and children, must hold Thai Health Insurance policy sold by authorized insurance companies only." 

 

This is deceiving. According to the April 2019 statement regarding the O-A health insurance initative, foreign health insurance that can be used in Thailand and meets minimum requirements is accepted. A question if you read this, do happen to have any annual amounts you can share with us on the listed Thai companies?

Not understanding your question. there is information on coverage and amounts  for insurance offered by Thai companies at the link

https://longstay.tgia.org   

 

The announcement in April is not so relevant now as it was never implemented and a new announcement is supposed to be coming this week.

 

 

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