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8 minutes ago, hansnl said:

Most of those coming to Thailand on a visa will probably have a kind of health insurance in their own country.

If they hear they need to buy another Thai insurance with a lot of restrictions and a rather high price, I guess most will ask the way to another embassy......

Another decision that was not thought well about?

 

Not from the USA until you are 65, and then you have to pay for part B, which costs 50,000 baht equivalent per year.  Health insurance very cheap here compared to USA, the insurance and pharmaceutical companies in the USA are raping the population for mega-profits. 

  

 

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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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13 hours ago, ukrules said:

I have well over a million pounds per year of 'cover everything' insurance and I pay a reasonable price for this.

 

Thailand nor any other country for that matter will ever pay a single Baht for any treatment I receive, because I plan for all outcomes well in advance...

 

I want to see Thais being made to do the same when they're in MY country....clear?

Totally agree with you. But not resticted to just Thais.

As prev posted anyone outside the EU that applies for a long stay Visa...has to pay up front a Medical Insurance fee...around £300 to 400 per year in advance...so for a 2 and half year Visa about £750 to 1000 this is added to the Visa fee 1300 to 1700 approx.

This enables a person needing treatment to go and use NHS.

Certain medical conditions are not applicable thou.

Like most holiday destinations outside the EU they have a problem with tourists...and i include Thailand Retirees as they are classed as Long Term Tourists...certain people dont have Health Insurance.

The Thais are just putting in place what UK and Europe does and I believe Australia US NZ Canada...to ensure if you want to live in those countries you have enough Health Cover if you fall ill.

Seems sensible to me.

I do feel sorry for the over 55s living in Thailand...i met a few...who liked to enjoy all the offers a Thai or Fillipino gives for a price but they all told me they had not got Health Insurance because then they would not be able to afford the delights that is on offer.

Not suggesting all forum members are like this but....

 

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3 hours ago, Max69xl said:

There are good government hospitals,but not everywhere. If you go for an insurance covering only 400k inpatient, then you can't be to sick if you're staying in a private hospital in Pattaya, Phuket or BKK. 

 Plan B, really sick ,  return to your home country , someone there may want you back home ??

   You know it makes sense , less exspensive to die.

RIP,  with a smile , less money for the thais ...

 

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1 hour ago, elliss said:

 Plan B, really sick ,  return to your home country , someone there may want you back home ??

   You know it makes sense , less exspensive to die.

RIP,  with a smile , less money for the thais ...

 

Well...if you have spent your time blowing your money on booze and fancy ladies,irritating your family beyond redemption  (I am am being civil) and proclaiming to all and sundry that you are living the dream in paradise whilst  stridently dissing your home country at every opportunity, then your prospects of a "happy return" to your native shores are decidedly slim.

 

They are getting thinner by the day.

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Hard to believe all the changes for expats and others. Just in the last year. It has gone from one of the cheapest places to retire, to the most expensive.

 

It is dirt cheap to live there. But the government has let the big companies ruin it IMHO.  Thankfully many other countries want expats to spend their money in there country.  

 

Just a crying shame.

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8 minutes ago, garyk said:

Hard to believe all the changes for expats and others. Just in the last year. It has gone from one of the cheapest places to retire, to the most expensive.

 

It is dirt cheap to live there. But the government has let the big companies ruin it IMHO.  Thankfully many other countries want expats to spend their money in there country.  

 

Just a crying shame.

All the changes? Just one change about the financial requirements for the >800k in the bank method,

and now one for retirees on O-A visas. I wouldn't call that many changes. 

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On 10/9/2019 at 10:37 PM, Soikhaonoiken said:

Some long stay ex pats will have difficulty in obtaining medical insurance or if they can it will be at a very high price... 

My understanding is that this insurance requirement does not apply to so-called "ex pats" or expats.

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7 minutes ago, garyk said:

Hard to believe all the changes for expats and others. Just in the last year. It has gone from one of the cheapest places to retire, to the most expensive.

 

It is dirt cheap to live there. But the government has let the big companies ruin it IMHO.  Thankfully many other countries want expats to spend their money in there country.  

 

Just a crying shame.

Having lived in Bkk for overall 1 and half years on and off...apart from renting a small room in a condo 35sqm @10000bht my gfs place (she is not thai) and transport its more expensive than the UK to live....not unless you live on street food...and then the chances of using your Health Insurance is quite high 🤣

I used to like the Sunday Roast in Molly Malones (Now deceased) but more expensive than a Toby Carvery in UK...same as Robin Hood and Royal Oak.

Please please no more comments that Thailand is a cheap place to live.

I love Thailand and will be back just before Xmas. I love Cambodia and if i was to live in Asia for long term thats the place to live.

 

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On 10/10/2019 at 2:31 AM, tjinks said:

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Anytime I've ever had a visit to Bumrungrad for any reason I've always had to pay up front. I have no experience with other hospitals so can't comment on their methods of being compensated.

 

The Bum hospital is not a government hospital.

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17 hours ago, ukrules said:

I have well over a million pounds per year of 'cover everything' insurance and I pay a reasonable price for this.

 

Thailand nor any other country for that matter will ever pay a single Baht for any treatment I receive, because I plan for all outcomes well in advance...

 

I want to see Thais being made to do the same when they're in MY country....clear?

This new insurance requirement, as it currently stands (Police Order), does not apply to you.

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22 hours ago, Huckenfell said:

The big problem here is that many of us have got family commitments, especially after living here for many years. Has the government taken this into consideration.

They should of grandfathered you guys in. Of course that is not good business for the banks and insurance companies. 

 

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