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BANGKOK 17 July 2019 20:45
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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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11 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

Is it possible that westerners in the future will have to pay all the bills that can't/ couldn't be paid by all non-Thai Asians? 

No, you just have to have a health insurance for yourself. 

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8 minutes ago, Time Traveller said:

Thai government is so stupid. If I was forced to buy insurance I don't need. Guess what? I'm going to get every little bit of medical attention I don't need, just to get my money back that I paid. Plenty of thai doctors will give you medicines not questions asked. These can then be resold for cash.

If enough people do this, then Insurance companies have to raise their premiums to cover all these unnecessary visits. 

Together we all can rort the system and destroy this stupid idea.

Bring it on!

 

... spot on sir, couldn't have put it any better!

Now, just get that medical weed on track pronto ... :cheesy: 

 

 

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10 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?

Is it an O-A ?

 

The obvious answer is - NO

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O-A only
And O-X visas, although these have had an insurance requirement for some time now. Both visas are purchased in the applicant's home country.

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I personally think the long-stay health insurance plans that are offered are a good deal. I'm currently processing an OA visa and will apply for one of the long stay insurance plans. 

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Thirty-eight million OA visa holders last year??? What insane nonsense is this? That's more than half the total Thai population again are foreigners in country, and that's on just one visa type. The number of visa-waiver holders in Pattaya at any one time must exceed one billion at least if these figures are to be believed.

No wonder the TAT's numbers are a laughing stock if this is an example of Thai statistics.

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12 hours ago, Denim said:

I assume these statistics are from government hospitals.

 

With private ones unless you show the ability to pay you are not likely to pass go.

 

Certainly, when I was admitted for 4 days the waiting room was chocker with sickly looking falangs and half a dozen receptionists trying to phone overseas insurance companies to confirm the policies  were up to date and correct. Very undignified if you are on deaths door.

"Very undignified if you are on deaths door."

Maybe, but the doctors were doing their best to pull you through! 🆘

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7 minutes ago, redwhiteandblue said:

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

They were in the original article, the Nation has edited their version but if you go to thaivisanews https://news.thaivisa.com/article/35306/mandatory-health-insurance-for-retirement-visa-holders-likely-to-take-effect-in-july it was still there as I write this.

 The Nation has obviously been told the numbers are bogus, but I bet they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to tell the government that.

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How many foreigners didn't pay their bills because they died in the hospital.

 

Don't they make you pay before you can go? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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So let the Exodus begin. There is no medicine against stupidity.

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1 hour ago, Peterw42 said:

All vehicles have compulsory 3rd party person insurance, PorLor Bor insurance paid when you get the annual sticker. This insurance pays out no matter what even if driver has no license, drunk etc. Your home country would have a similar compulsory coverage, in Australia for example its called CTP insurance.

I get your point though, a big accident above what the insurance pays probably does account for some of the unpaid.

Correction. All vehicles are SUPPOSED to have compulsory 3rd party insurance. How many battered pick ups going around don’t have motor tax because they would never pass the vehicle inspection and how many don’t bother with the insurance requirement? And while we are at it, how many drivers don’t have a licence?

 

maybe Bangkok has a low percentage of such vehicles/drivers, but trying living in a rural location.

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