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Fighting for justice: Dutch engineer with cancer interviewed by Thai media
 
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Sanook have interviewed former engineer Erwin Buse, 50, who has had a long running dispute with Hua Hin Hospital over charges.

 

Mr Buse, from the Netherlands, says that the hospital has overcharged him for each visit and slapped on a 15% surcharge just because he is not Thai. 

 

He is suffering from prostate cancer and has been treated at the hospital for 4 years. 

 
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He says they should charge him 50 baht not 300 for his visits every three months. And they should not have added 15% to his bills. 

 

The health authorities have already found he was in the right and offered him 12,746 baht back. 

 

But he has declined and on Friday went to Hua Hin police to register a formal complaint. 

 

Mr Buse has a 200 kilometer round trip to the hospital. He has a Thai wife and tends goats in the Klong Wan area of Prajuab Khiri Khan. 

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The authorities offered him a kind of compensation, that he refused. What more do they have to do for pleasing this man?

They are never going to give him money for his round trips to the hospital. That is something he would have been doing anyway.

What does he want? A gold medal for fierce fighting against the Thai system? Good luck, dude!

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

The health authorities have already found he was in the right and offered him 12,746 baht back. 

 

But he has declined and on Friday went to Hua Hin police to register a formal complaint

Typical Thai: rip people off and when caught offer to repay the amount ripped off. So they can leave it behind them and continue ripping off the next.

 

Good of him to file a formal complaint, wish more people stood up for their priciples, it would make the country a lot better.

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3 hours ago, Matzzon said:

What does he want? A gold medal for fierce fighting against the Thai system? Good luck, dude

In another thread about hospital pricing everyone is complaining about them making a profit off the most vulnerable people in their worst situation.

 

Now someone stands up against being unlawfully ripped off and again its not good.

 

What do you want? Just complaining in every situation and never doing anything besides complaining?

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8 minutes ago, Bob12345 said:

In another thread about hospital pricing everyone is complaining about them making a profit off the most vulnerable people in their worst situation.

 

Now someone stands up against being unlawfully ripped off and again its not good.

 

What do you want? Just complaining in every situation and never doing anything besides complaining?

No, that´s not at all what I want. I think it´s really good that he stood up, and was earlier shown in the news for that, when he was offered the compensation. Here he should have accepted that one, and the news were already out. What he is doing now, by refusing the compensation and continuing to complain is only childish behaviour.

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someone who is standing up and not whining on their keyboards. a true hero.

 

good luck to you in your battle with cancer and the rip off Thais.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

No, that´s not at all what I want. I think it´s really good that he stood up, and was earlier shown in the news for that, when he was offered the compensation. Here he should have accepted that one, and the news were already out. What he is doing now, by refusing the compensation and continuing to complain is only childish behaviour.

I think we have completely different opinions on what constitutes "childish behavior".

 

If he accepted the 13k the issue would be over. He is not accepting it so the formal complaint is taken more serious and the hospital can be held accountable for ripping off people.

 

Its not about him or 13000 baht anymore, its about a huge institution thinking they can just charge whatever they want. His approach made this a much bigger issue than what it was if he accepted the money.

 

Nothing childish about that, more brave.

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4 hours ago, Matzzon said:

The authorities offered him a kind of compensation, that he refused. What more do they have to do for pleasing this man?

They are never going to give him money for his round trips to the hospital. That is something he would have been doing anyway.

What does he want? A gold medal for fierce fighting against the Thai system? Good luck, dude!

His justice may not meet my or your definition, and since I didn't pay any of his hospital bills, I leave it to him, the government and the hospital to work it out. He made no mention of any "gold medals", so that thought seems to have no merit.

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1 hour ago, Matzzon said:

No, that´s not at all what I want. I think it´s really good that he stood up, and was earlier shown in the news for that, when he was offered the compensation. Here he should have accepted that one, and the news were already out. What he is doing now, by refusing the compensation and continuing to complain is only childish behaviour.

The childish behavior seems to be in your own words. The of the words "he should, are worthless, unless you are in charge of sonething related to him or the hospital.

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1 hour ago, NCC1701A said:

someone who is standing up and not whining on their keyboards. a true hero.

 

good luck to you in your battle with cancer and the rip off Thais.

 

 

true a hero guess these pricks are jealous its not them

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Most hospitals in Thailand have duel pricing. As an example last year my Thai wife wanted to visit a well known Pattaya hospital for a "well woman" series of tests as part of a package that the hospital offered. I searched the hospital's website in english and told her how much it was. She was surprised how expensive it was. She then accessed the same website and looked at the same package but in Thai language and found that it was about 50% cheaper. This is just one brazen example of what hospitals get up too.

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1 hour ago, Matzzon said:

No, that´s not at all what I want. I think it´s really good that he stood up, and was earlier shown in the news for that, when he was offered the compensation. Here he should have accepted that one, and the news were already out. What he is doing now, by refusing the compensation and continuing to complain is only childish behaviour.

No, it is not.

It is called being steadfast.

He has a valid reason to walk this path, so he does, simply because he wants hospitals NOT to overcharge.

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5 hours ago, Matzzon said:

The authorities offered him a kind of compensation, that he refused. What more do they have to do for pleasing this man?

They are never going to give him money for his round trips to the hospital. That is something he would have been doing anyway.

What does he want? A gold medal for fierce fighting against the Thai system? Good luck, dude!

Just be a bit thankful that he is at least prepared in principle to fight for all farangs' good cause - that of not being unfairly over-charged.

 

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