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2 hours ago, Medway said:

I had cataract surgery at Bkk hospital Pattaya. On my follow ups with the surgeon I was charged 800 baht immediately I walked in the office....daylight robbery.

I was blinded by a doctor there, follow up surgeries to try and rectify it came to more than 800,000, now that was painful!

 

The guy has a private surgery now, be careful where you go for surgery!

 

International hospital in Bangkok 40,000 for a PET scan + 25% because "farang"

 

Princess hospital beside Don muang 20,000 total!

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28 minutes ago, Jonnapat said:

From April 2018 the government allowed public hospitals up to 50% 'Foreigner Surcharge'. This hospital has obviously chosen the maximum. 

At Siriraj hospital in Bangkok where I regularly need to attend the surchsrge is 25%.

Why do you use them if you know of the surcharge?

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1 hour ago, JimHuaHin said:

I have been going to Hua Hin Hospital for 6 years, and I have no complaints.

 

I generally use the 'express' service, and I pay extra for the service, as do ALL the Thai patients.

 

At times I have used the after hours OPD specialist service, and pay extra for the service, as do ALL Thai patients, including my Thai partner who is a nurse in another governent hospital.

 

After Christmas last year I was admitted as a patient in a private room due to a severe UTI infection requiring IV antiobiotics for 4 days - I paid the same fees as a Thai patient would have.

 

Most of the medical staff at Hua Hin Hospital are excellent - many doctors have thier own private after hours clinics, and several also work part-time in one of the two Hua Hin private hospitals.

 

Hua Hin Hospital provides a great service to the community; the Hospital is also several million Baht in debt, as are many many other Thai government hospitals.

 

Personally, I do not mind paying a few hundred Baht extra per visit to Hua Hin Hospital, as it helps the Hospital continue is great work in our community.

 

On the other hand, I do not accept being ripped off by the local motor cycle taxi, taxi and tuk tuk marfia.

I suspect with your wife being a nurse, she knows how to get treatment for you at the Thai price. 

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2 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Could have gone the normal route of plaster and no plate. Just as effective and 1/10 the price.

Surgery and metal plate is a scam, most breaks don't need it, and the plate may cause problems later.

There may well have been a very valid reason for plate to be inserted, hard to make the statement with being the orthopaedic surgeon attending

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6 minutes ago, RJRS1301 said:

There may well have been a very valid reason for plate to be inserted, hard to make the statement with being the orthopaedic surgeon attending

When my misses arraigned for the guy with the broken hip to go into hospital last week.

Suan Doc wanted 300k with plate.

Nakorn Ping wanted 30k just plaster.

 

 

When I was a kid nobody had plates, and we all recovered from broken bones.

Mostly the plate is about making money.

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I go to Phitsanuvej Hospital, private, Phitsanulok.

 

Happy with the service and there seems to be only one price: one time my Thai wife had the same treatment and the price was the same.

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So looking forward to cheating Thais if I have the opportunity here in Australia.

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7 hours ago, aguy30 said:

Pattaya City Hospital has 2 prices. One for Thai and and a much higher one for foreigners.

I don't believe it. I hear this all the time but have never seen any proof.

 

In fact one time many years ago, my wife and I both had bad food poisoning. She needed to be treated first as my symptoms didn't develop until about 12 hours later as I ate the food later in the day. Both of us had to be taken to the same E.R., have blood, stool and other lab tests, get several medicines, etc.

 

When we recovered and looked over the bills, we thought it was most amusing that my bill (line for line same treatment, tests and meds) was about 230 Baht less than my wife who is Thai. I seem to recall the difference being the meds charged by the hospital pharmacy (same exact brands and quantities even). She was charged more!

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2 hours ago, Jonnapat said:

From April 2018 the government allowed public hospitals up to 50% 'Foreigner Surcharge'. This hospital has obviously chosen the maximum. 

At Siriraj hospital in Bangkok where I regularly need to attend the surchsrge is 25%.

Can you post proof of this?

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2 minutes ago, elektrified said:

Can you post proof of this?

I read the same thing when it came out-  I aaplaud the OP fort standing on principle.  I hope the International media picks up the issue.  It is reprehensible to charge a non Thai a different price for medical care. Medical care is a human right.

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2 hours ago, Jonnapat said:

From April 2018 the government allowed public hospitals up to 50% 'Foreigner Surcharge'. This hospital has obviously chosen the maximum. 

At Siriraj hospital in Bangkok where I regularly need to attend the surchsrge is 25%.

Last year I was considering prostate treatment at Siriraj. When we were in Bangkok, I went there alone and got the quote for the treatment. The next day, my wife went alone asking the cost for a Thai friend. Guess what? The price was identical. (My wife and I often do this to see if there actually is a difference). In 12 years we have found no evidence of dual pricing.

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31 minutes ago, elektrified said:

Last year I was considering prostate treatment at Siriraj. When we were in Bangkok, I went there alone and got the quote for the treatment. The next day, my wife went alone asking the cost for a Thai friend. Guess what? The price was identical. (My wife and I often do this to see if there actually is a difference). In 12 years we have found no evidence of dual pricing.

This is the way it should be but in most cases it is not. You are very luxky.  In Thailand- the cost of imported life saving medicine is taxed .  In some hospitals- the non Thai price is 25-50 percent over the Thai price.  This cannot be justified especially for medical care.

 

It is against the Thai Constitution and against the law. Medical care is a human right. Refuse to pay any surcharge.

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5 hours ago, Medway said:

I had cataract surgery at Bkk hospital Pattaya. On my follow ups with the surgeon I was charged 800 baht immediately I walked in the office....daylight robbery.

What was the price for the surgery? One or two eyes?

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In most countries with a tourist visa and without international health insurance dual pricing or just not service for non an emergency is the norm. I think that some foreigners in Thailand are asking too much consideration for not valid reasons.

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