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On 7/27/2019 at 4:38 AM, Tropicalevo said:

You are correct. However, this poster went to the hospital " to get some antibiotics " not for consultation or diagnosis. I presumed that he was already on treatment as he knew what he wanted.

For the price I paid I would not have minded if they tried to find out what was wrong with my throat. I just assumed I had chlamydia in the throat from reading online, and that I recognized the "tickling" feeling that I had in my dick on previous occasions. I did get cured within a week, not sure if it was the pencilin or not. 7000 thb is really too much anyway for what I received. Next time I will do as you say and just visit the pharmacy. Thanks

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On 7/27/2019 at 9:52 AM, FredGallaher said:

chlamydia is commonly treated with azithromycin and available at most pharmacies.

However we are getting off the subject of the British couple being overcharged.

Thank you for putting me back on track.


Yes - private hospitals in Thailand overcharge. By lots. It is a cash cow. Especially here on Koh Samui. Four private hospitals for a population of approx. 70,000 permanent residents. The big money earner - scooter accident victims. They are very good at treating trauma victims. However, general medical care is going downhill and prices are going up. It would be nice if the government really did something about reducing private medical costs.

 

 

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On 7/21/2019 at 4:42 PM, NanLaew said:

Yes, it is illegal for them to hold their passports. However, it's also illegal for passport holders to hand them over in the first place. I mean how else did this hospital get their hands on them?

 

(rhetorical question)

Yes, you are correct on both counts. However, it is the age old problem. You need transport but you cannot rent a scooter unless you hand over your passport. No passport - no transport.

 

When travelling, I offer to hand over my Thai DL and a cash deposit (5,000 THB). This usually works but not always. Sometimes I have to visit a few scooter renters before one will say yes. I always get my deposit back but sometimes it takes a while.

 

For hospital treatment it is a more difficult conundrum. No passport  - no treatment?

 

Legally, all hospitals have to give emergency treatment for free. However, it is the after-care or when the trauma is not life threatening that there is a problem. Hospitals have been caught out time and time again by patients not having the money to pay the bill. So maybe compulsory insurance is not be such a bad idea after all.

 

For hospitals I hand over a copy of my passport and a credit card.

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27 minutes ago, Tropicalevo said:

Yes, you are correct on both counts. However, it is the age old problem. You need transport but you cannot rent a scooter unless you hand over your passport. No passport - no transport.

 

When travelling, I offer to hand over my Thai DL and a cash deposit (5,000 THB). This usually works but not always. Sometimes I have to visit a few scooter renters before one will say yes. I always get my deposit back but sometimes it takes a while.

 

For hospital treatment it is a more difficult conundrum. No passport  - no treatment?

 

Legally, all hospitals have to give emergency treatment for free. However, it is the after-care or when the trauma is not life threatening that there is a problem. Hospitals have been caught out time and time again by patients not having the money to pay the bill. So maybe compulsory insurance is not be such a bad idea after all.

 

For hospitals I hand over a copy of my passport and a credit card.

Best to go to government hospitals. Often the same doctors as private hospital, esp specialists. The cost is lower and care good, but not luxurious. Might be is a ward. Private rooms (VIP rooms) must be ordered and you wait your turn. 

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