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BANGKOK 16 July 2019 01:38
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Mandatory health insurance for non-immigrant O-A retirement visa holders likely to take effect in July

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17 minutes ago, rwill said:

Only if they are registered.  I see lots of them that are not.

Por lor bor insurace remains valid and pays out even if the sticker is out of date etc. Leave a vehicle unregistered for 5 years, you will have a 5 year por lor bor bill waiting when you register it again.

Not paying registration eventually catches up with the owner as they cant sell the vehicle or register another until their outstanding por lor bor is paid.

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11 hours ago, Pattaya46 said:

I struggle to understand all the figures given in this article ??

Mainly:

Surely that is fully incorrect. I would bet tens or hundreds thousands at max, no?

OP says 38 million medical visits, not 38 million persons. 

Must be quite sick, these oldies, if they need medical help that often. Guess some further investigation about the health status of these retirees would be helpful. 

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My original visa was Non-I have and do extend for one year on retirement (800K in bank method). So presumably I am classified as a 'long stay'/extension and the new rule will apply. Is this correct?

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8 minutes ago, micmichd said:

OP says 38 million medical visits, not 38 million persons. 

Must be quite sick, these oldies, if they need medical help that often. Guess some further investigation about the health status of these retirees would be helpful. 

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Just to clarify, are they just talking of people on retirement visas/extensions, or all type o non imm  visas or extensions. It's what the headline says, but unless I missed it the article in the nation doesn't say.

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

 

So if all the figures are from goverment hospitals, it's even more unbelievable....

 

"Earlier this year, Health Service Support Department director-general Dr Nattawuth Prasertsiripong said his department had decided to establish claim centres in Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang Nga and Surat Thani provinces to help state hospitals collect what is owed to them by foreign patients. The very fact that such centres are required reflects the severity of the problem. "

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Visa applicants, visa renewal applicants, all done through MFA, but extension of stay is done through immigration in Thailand. Changing immigration rules requires a police order. Immigration does not provide visas or renewal of visas. AFAIK

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1 minute ago, Mosha said:

Just to clarify, are they just talking of people on retirement visas/extensions, or all type o non imm  visas or extensions. It's what the headline says, but unless I missed it the article in the nation doesn't say.

O-A only

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

2016

 

Non-immigrant (O-A) visa holders: 32 million 

Number of medical visits by them: 2.6 million

Number of unpaid medical bills: 667,000

Number of long-stay expats seeking medical services: 71,288

Outstanding debt: Bt380 million

 

2017

 

Non-immigrant (O-A) visa holders: 35 million 

Number medical visits by them: 3.3 million

Number of unpaid medical bills: 565,000

Number of long-stay expats seeking medical services: 68,696

Outstanding debt: Bt346 million

 

2018

 

Non-immigrant (O-A) visa holders: 38 million 

Number of medical visits by them: 3.42 million

Number of unpaid medical bills: 680,000

Number of long-stay expats seeking medical services: 80,950

Outstanding debt: Bt305 million

What is the source of these figures.  They are not in the original article.

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6 minutes ago, TKDfella said:

My original visa was Non-I have and do extend for one year on retirement (800K in bank method). So presumably I am classified as a 'long stay'/extension and the new rule will apply. Is this correct?

No

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