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Details of mandatory health insurance for Non-Imm O-A visas to be announced next week


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7 minutes ago, miamiman123 said:

Who are these non immigrant o-a people examples??? 

Anyone with an OA visa, OA is the visa you get from home country, often referred to as retirement visa.

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I would have thought with the millions of tourists flooding Thailand that they would be more of a medical problem then a few hundred expats living here !

Yes, but many expats can't get an insurance because of their age.

I still find this extremely hard to believe as the hospital will never let you leave until paid in full. How do you rack up a bill and then walk away?   All we can do is wait and see what

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My first reaction was that it would be interesting to follow the money chain up and see who owns the insurance company involved (assuming it’s a monopoly) but I don’t think there is that much money to be made in the big scheme of things.

 

The big one that we are all slowly being led down the path towards is the day that 7/11 start getting the sole rights to distribute lottery tickets through their stores...we are working towards that and that will definitely be a case of the Junta being told what to do by one of the people controlling them.

 

 

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2 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

I thought that the plan was to increase the airport PSC from 700 baht to 800 baht as of 1 October 2019, and that the resulting 3.8 BILLION baht generated annually would go to the MoH to cover the ~ 200 million baht unrecovered annual medical expenses incurred by foreigners, with a tidy 3.6 BILLION baht left over for, well, stuff.

 

https://morning-news.bectero.com/economy/24-May-2019/144181

 

 

 

lets not confuse things with logic

 

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33 minutes ago, Time Traveller said:

Thailand's become a joke of a country. Not only does farang get charged more than thais for virtually everything. They get stupid fines for address reporting mistakes (thats the reason the make it so complicated), ridiculous rules from immigration (you need money in the bank to prove you can support yourself, but you're not allowed to use it!!!!!) and now required to make mandatory donations to thai insurance companies.

It's not even a good place to invest anymore. Even at the worst, it was still way better under Thaksin's government.

Long live Thaksin, may he return to claim his rightful title that was stolen from him by criminals

 

 

The money you show for visa extensions CAN be used once the extension has been awarded!

 

Who told you different?

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5 minutes ago, bowerboy said:

My first reaction was that it would be interesting to follow the money chain up and see who owns the insurance company involved (assuming it’s a monopoly) but I don’t think there is that much money to be made in the big scheme of things.

 

The big one that we are all slowly being led down the path towards is the day that 7/11 start getting the sole rights to distribute lottery tickets through their stores...we are working towards that and that will definitely be a case of the Junta being told what to do by one of the people controlling them.

 

 

This is not a money grab by insurance companies alone.  The billions of Baht this scheme (their word, means scam) has several usual suspects in line to collect. In the interest of fairness and transparency does Thai Visa stand to gain any cash stream beyond advertising revenue? I always thought it strange the ads began before the announcement of the pending insurance fiasco.  Asking for a friend. I already have insurance. 

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The money you show for visa extensions CAN be used once the extension has been awarded!
 
Who told you different?
Not really. For retirement extensions you can't go under 800k for 3 months after and after that never under 400k until the beginning of the next 800k baht 3 months seasoning period. So basically at least 400k locked up indefinitely as long as you want to keep getting extensions.

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Most Western tourists come here on visa exemption for up to thirty days, so won’t have to have insurance, even though they are the most likely to need treatment, especially after road collisions, and are the ones who could easily skip without paying. 

 

So the insurance should be added to the airport tax for all tourists if the intent is to prevent non payment of hospital bills.

 

But that is a red herring, it’s an income stream for insurance companies with easy targets.

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