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Thailand to demand proof of health insurance for 'risky' long-term visitors


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6 hours ago, zydeco said:

Unfortunately, the US Embassy is probably laughing at us. This means less work for them. the repatriation of retirement funds into US banks, and then they can get back to colluding with regional dictators, depots, and tyrants without a squeak from the expat community here.

If you can not afford Health Insurance and your in Thailand....or anywhere else in the World away from your home country...then reality says....you should not be there.

Its simple really.

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So when this stupidity and paranoia ends? this government is going from the silly to the ridiculous, let the government tell us how many non-o visa holders have treated in Thai hospitals and didn't ha

This demand for health insurance goes hand in hand with the government demanding hospitals charge expats multiples of what they charge Thais for the same mediocre procedure...   Way to go Th

I do not have a problem requiring visitors to have health insurance; it is simply a good idea.   However, the quote above leaves me speechless. Are there any valid figures to show a lack of

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21 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

I do not have a problem requiring visitors to have health insurance; it is simply a good idea.

 

However, the quote above leaves me speechless. Are there any valid figures to show a lack of repayment? Especially by long-stayers? Generally all I hear about are tourists, not long-term stayers, who don't have insurance and end up with a 'Go fund me' page.

 

Add a few Baht tax to all plane tickets/landings, use the money to aid foreigners hurt in the Kingdom, and problem solved.

 

It doesn't need to occur like this, and thus makes me wonder what else is at play...

 

Correct long term visitors are insurance wise Less risky then short term staying tourists.

So i wondering also why again the focus is wrongly selected.

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17 hours ago, xerostar said:

Compare that paltry sum with the real figures of what foreigners bring to Thailand every year.

I for one have brought many millions of baht into Thai economy over the last 10 years.

I expect most other foreigner retirees would have done the same !

I see this health insurance demand as xenophobic nonsense ! 

Well there goes my retirement home, the Thai family will have to put up with it i suppose, plans are going in the bin.

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7 minutes ago, Huckenfell said:

Well there goes my retirement home, the Thai family will have to put up with it i suppose, plans are going in the bin.

If you have an O-A visa you can always change to an O by starting all over. You already have the money in the bank, I presume? Are you married?

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17 hours ago, davemos said:

Its near to impossible to find health insurance for over 70. I have sufficient assets to cover any emergency and am not prepared to pay huge.amounts for dodgy insurance .I spend well over 10000 per week in Thai So Im in the risky sector?

Why can't the Thai government offer a reasonable insurance for those over a certain age, say 70 yrs. This will cover the practically impossible chance of cover by insurance companies for over 70's.

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3 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

This thread is only 22 hours old. It must have been a fast trip. 

Yes very fast there and back on business...you maybe aware from my prev forum posts i lived in Bkk but now back in UK till Xmas

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4 minutes ago, Huckenfell said:

 

 

I had a Cataract removed at Bumrumgrad  a few years ago  and there was a hell of a lot of Arabs moving around in the hospital.

Of course, the hospitals love international health insurance cards of medic tourists from Arab countries ... I had one before and you should have seen the bill for a 4 day hospital stay without surgery ... hilarious. 

 

But, that's not really the topic, these Arabs you talk about don't live or stay here long term on a O-A or O visa ...

 

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17 hours ago, Naamblar2014 said:

Didn't they already do that?  I faintly recall some amount being added to the tax of flight tickets a while back.  Is it time for another go at the trough?

does anyone recall a tax being added already to cover medical emergency

Would that have been when they dropped the Bht 500 departure tax, however don't remind them or they will bring it back.

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16 hours ago, yahboo11 said:

Trump did the exact same thing in the States. Immigrants require to demonstrate they have health insurance. In the States, health insurance is very expensive

Yes but they were really getting ripped off big time, no such thing is happening here.

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8 hours ago, Max69xl said:

Every expat spend more money in 12 months, than a tourist does in a few weeks. 

Yet there are 35 million tourists annually and around 74,000 full time expats, you do the math.

Look up GDP, expats contribute ~ .01%.  Tourism in 2016 contributed 17% of GDP, 2.5 Trillion Baht.

 

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3 hours ago, Huckenfell said:

Would that have been when they dropped the Bht 500 departure tax, however don't remind them or they will bring it back.

They didn't drop it they increased it to 700 and added it to the ticket!

That money seems to have gone into somebody's slush fund!

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Posted this elsewhere but seems to fit here as well:

"The minister’s comments suggested that the insurance requirement for non-immigrant visas was being extended now to include all foreigners over 50 whereas previously it was understood from briefings by immigration bureau officials that the new provision only applied to retirees in Thailand.

Many foreigners over 50 in Thailand were left confused and perplexed on Thursday after a Reuters report quoted the Thai Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha as suggesting that the insurance requirement approved by the Thai cabinet this year and later confirmed by immigration bureau officials as referring to retirement visas for the over 50s, is now being widened to cover all foreigners over 50 with other forms of non-immigrant visas."

 

https://www.thaiexaminer.com/thai-news-foreigners/2019/10/10/foreigners-insurance-visa-requirements-over-50s-thai-deputy-public-health-minister-sathit-pitutecha/

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