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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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What I don't understand is why only the visa O-A and the rest nothing. For example if you must have to have an insurance for a visa O-A retirement,

can you change it on a visa O on base of retirement to a visa on base of marriage where the insurance is not required.

I also don 't understand when you have a visa O-A retirement you must have 800k and somebody who is in retirement but he has a visa on base of marriage must only have 400K so for what not change this type of visa?

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3 hours ago, mania said:

Most responsible tourists have travel insurance....Same as most responsible Expats

 

But both groups have enough irresponsible folks who do not. Then when injured/sick etc

want to start a go fund me page or leave a medical bill behind at hospital

 

 

In any case anyone who does not see this becoming a mandatory part of all yearly visa renewals has not been paying attention.

Thailand is not shy about making it tougher for expats to live full time in Thailand

 

i find that all insurances are a rip off so that's why I dont have any..life to the max

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1 minute ago, matta said:

What I don't understand is why only the visa O-A and the rest nothing. For example if you must have to have an insurance for a visa O-A retirement,

can you change it on a visa O on base of retirement to a visa on base of marriage where the insurance is not required.

I also don 't understand when you have a visa O-A retirement you must have 800k and somebody who is in retirement but he has a visa on base of marriage must only have 400K so for what not change this type of visa?

Looks like to cover retirees that have no Thai connections perhaps...

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4 hours ago, ThaiBunny said:

In at least two hospitals I've been in, unless you are personally conducted to the cashier (which didn't happen to me), you just walk out

I have been conducted to the cashier every time but then it would of been possible to slip away it you had no need ever to return

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8 minutes ago, matta said:

What I don't understand is why only the visa O-A and the rest nothing. For example if you must have to have an insurance for a visa O-A retirement,

can you change it on a visa O on base of retirement to a visa on base of marriage where the insurance is not required.

I also don 't understand when you have a visa O-A retirement you must have 800k and somebody who is in retirement but he has a visa on base of marriage must only have 400K so for what not change this type of visa?

The O-A visa holders don't need to have 800k in a Thai bank,  so the current arrangements are probably seen as not bringing much benefits to the Thais.

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8 minutes ago, matta said:

What I don't understand is why only the visa O-A and the rest nothing. For example if you must have to have an insurance for a visa O-A retirement,

can you change it on a visa O on base of retirement to a visa on base of marriage where the insurance is not required.

I also don 't understand when you have a visa O-A retirement you must have 800k and somebody who is in retirement but he has a visa on base of marriage must only have 400K so for what not change this type of visa?

 

As far as I know, many people including myself hold type O visas and get retirement extensions. Only type O-A retirement will require insurance, but we will learn more on Aug 22.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, sawadee1947 said:

No, that is wrong and seems to be only an pathetic excuse. 

Indeed you can get a health insurance at any age. Same with travel insurance. 😡😈

Ok, how much would such an insurance cost for ...say a 70year old person?

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4 minutes ago, Derek B said:

I have been conducted to the cashier every time but then it would of been possible to slip away it you had no need ever to return

what if you told them at that point u dont have cash ?

 

The first step will be to ask you for a credit card, which they will not charge if you return to pay the bill on an agreed upon date. But all this varies depending on hospital and circumstances.

 

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4 hours ago, tracker1 said:

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 !

Absurd comment on your part. When anyone gets a resident permit in the EU then its mandatory to have health insurance.

 

Oldies got all things easy and free before but not anymore. Numbers are not a few hundred by thousands retiree and not expats. Expats term is actually meant for working class👨‍💻

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