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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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32 minutes ago, Jeffrey346 said:

I think that's a myth. I have only heard of one person who came here specifically for med reasons. How many do you know of??

I recently had a tour of Bumrungrad Hospital by a person involved in marketing the hospital for medical tourism. It's certainly big business there, mainly for middle easterners they say. They have a visa extension department in house, a large staff dedicated to processing paperwork in various languages, airport shuttles and plenty of other evidence of it being a major medical tourism destination. 

 

While I've had no such tour at Bangkok Hospital, I've seen enough of it to believe that it too is a major medical tourism destination. Bangkok Hospital Pattaya has an entire tower dedicated to cosmetic surgery. I'm sure there are plenty of foreigners making use of that facility.

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12 minutes 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?

but isn't that the time you need insurance most? What does that demographic do then?

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5 hours ago, tjo o tjim said:

The obsession with peanuts is slightly amusing. It is equivalent to 6,000B per non-imm visa applicant, and likely fewer than 750 meaningful hospital bills. But hey...

hospital bills 6000 Bt per non i visa ... if so 

when you appy for a visa you have to pay a fee, afaik it is about 6000 Bt for a one year non o. Why not use this money to pay thbe hosopital bills.

And if they need this fee for another purpose (which?) let them add 6000B per one year no im o and use it as health insurance - and forget ciompulsory additional insurance 

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1 hour ago, ukrules said:

I would be quite happy to see changes in the rules to ensure that Thais pay for any treatment they receive in the UK and don't get free treatment like pretty much everyone else in the world.

 

I know they pay nothing right now.

 

I wonder how much free treatment Thais get over in Europe per year and how that figure compares to this paltry sum?

If they are getting free treatment it’s because the hospitals are not following them up to pay the bills.

According to what I have read on the internet the NHS will not refuse to treat anyone but you are expected to pay, getting the money after is another story.

A couple of years ago when visiting the UK with my Thai wife on Australian passports she became ill and we visited a hospital in London.

She was told she would have to pay for any treatment but when she produced her Aus passport was told she could receive emergency treatment for free due to reciprocal agreement with Australia.

Didn't matter  as we haveinsurance.

 

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9 minutes ago, Estrada said:

This is just a repeat of yesterday's news on Thai Visa/Nation which clearly stated that this applies for applications for O-A visas from outside Thailand which does not apply to Non-O retirement visas and extensions.

TIT.. Clarification has never been a strong point with Thai bureaucracy. This new policy of mandated health insurance for over 50s on a Non-Imm O-A will be stage one. 

 

And I believe what could follow will be all Non-Imm visas for over 50s will be required to have compulsory health/medical insurance when doing annual extension of stay renewal. And those currently using visa agents for annual renewals, what is going to happen if proof of insurance is required in the future? An agent fix, or another layer making your future extension more difficult again. Only time will tell. TIT.. 

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1 minute ago, beavenlen said:

Is there any remote chance of clarifying this and hopefully make the issue clearer.i.e. will this be implemented for O.A. visa only or are they saying all expats above the age of 50 .thanks in advance.

Right now it's for OA Visa holders. It would not surprise me if everyone over 50 will be required too in the near future.

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