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So you are saying prices have remained the same even after the order for government hospitals to increase fees for foreigners went into place a few days ago ? I had bloodwork and scans done there last year and will do the same tests next month so are you saying that prices will be the same for me next month as they were a year ago ?

 

 

 

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As has been mentioned in the relevant threads the prices in that order are well below prices currently charged to both Thais and foreigners.

 

there seems to be a complete disconnect between prices in these MoPH issuances and actual prices.

 

To conform with what the MoPH put out the hospitals would have to lower their prices and that isn't going to happen.

 

 

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I max out the time between routine tests, MRIs, to reduce costs, also if and when either cancer return likely to do nothing, so do I really want to know

 

I have already opted for no more chemo, and turned down last colonoscopy,  but keep up to date on routine blood tests,(again at very good prices) and am registered with local palliative care, and guaranteed no pain, my body donated to Chula, and paper work on that, in order

 

Chulalongkorn probably the top, and most up to date facility, they have spent billions on the new particle radiation facility

 

 

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19 hours ago, Lumbini said:

I had bloodwork and scans done there last year and will do the same tests next month so are you saying that prices will be the same for me next month as they were a year ago ?

 

When you say "there" are you referring to Chulalongkorn, because I have seen no significant price increases there, BUT i do not check the detail, I am under four specialists Chula, still only around 350/600 Bhat for consultations with the very tops, except Cuba probably no where else in the world will give these prices

 

Same man at Bumrungrad a very different story, but even there initial consultations not so expensive

 

If you can not get to doctor at Chula go to say Bumrungrad, for consultation, be nice to the doctor, and say you have little money, and he may switch you to Chula, thats how I got onto the books at Chula, I have dinner with all my consultants from time to time

 

I see no reason why you should experience significant price increases, but you will find out in a month, good luck, BUT in all honesty I do not know, if worried ask in advance, I always do

 

A small irritation is some times waiting up to 4/5 hrs for scheduled appointment, but with experience can often beat the queues with the right moves, knowing the nurses also helps

 

The Cafeteria at Chula also very good

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let me say a neck mri at bkk christian hospital was about 300 usd and the same mri at chula was also 300 usd a couple of years ago whereas you would have thought chula would be cheaper.  i think the prices for some technology are the same in several hospitals be they private or public. some fancy decorated private hospitals likely up the prices.

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On 10/25/2019 at 12:48 PM, atyclb said:

let me say a neck mri at bkk christian hospital was about 300 usd and the same mri at chula was also 300 usd a couple of years ago whereas you would have thought chula would be cheaper.  i think the prices for some technology are the same in several hospitals be they private or public. some fancy decorated private hospitals likely up the prices.

An observation there are several generations of MRI equipment, now out there over the last several years, I know Chulalongkorn is using the latest, there can be a big difference in the quality of the scan, meaning what might show on the latest might not show on earlier ones

 

Some of the freestanding scan centres are buying secondhand older equipment

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1 hour ago, spornb said:

An observation there are several generations of MRI equipment, now out there over the last several years, I know Chulalongkorn is using the latest, there can be a big difference in the quality of the scan, meaning what might show on the latest might not show on earlier ones

 

Some of the freestanding scan centres are buying secondhand older equipment

 

wonder if some place do the same in purchasing second hand legacy excimer lasers for lasik surgery?

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21 minutes ago, HeijoshinCool said:

What is the waiting time for a consult at Chula?

 depends on service and queue. sometimes it is better to return another day. nurse will inform you. should arrive early am.  sometime same day available. they are fairly organized as far as queu # and exam rooms. not fast but quality good and cost effective.  if new pricing is very high and similar to private hospital suggest private hospital sice you will be in and out faster including speed of tests.

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29 minutes ago, atyclb said:

 depends on service and queue. sometimes it is better to return another day. nurse will inform you. should arrive early am.  sometime same day available. they are fairly organized as far as queu # and exam rooms. not fast but quality good and cost effective.  if new pricing is very high and similar to private hospital suggest private hospital sice you will be in and out faster including speed of tests.

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If I got an ortho consult outside of Chula and he ordered an MRI, can I still get it done at Chula? Is there a long wait list for an appointment for the scan?

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36 minutes ago, HeijoshinCool said:
1 hour ago, atyclb said:

 depends on service and queue. sometimes it is better to return another day. nurse will inform you. should arrive early am.  sometime same day available. they are fairly organized as far as queu # and exam rooms. not fast but quality good and cost effective.  if new pricing is very high and similar to private hospital suggest private hospital sice you will be in and out faster including speed of tests.

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If I got an ortho consult outside of Chula and he ordered an MRI, can I still get it done at Chula? Is there a long wait list for an appointment for the scan?

 

honestly dont know

 

my mr was done at bangkok christian and very expediently but maybe it was a slow day

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13 hours ago, atyclb said:

 depends on service and queue. sometimes it is better to return another day. nurse will inform you. should arrive early am.  sometime same day available. they are fairly organized as far as queu # and exam rooms. not fast but quality good and cost effective.  if new pricing is very high and similar to private hospital suggest private hospital sice you will be in and out faster including speed of tests.

 

the supposed "new pricing" contained in MoPH brochure is lower than current pricing even for Thais. These guidelines have been widely ignored for years as they do not reflect actual costs.

 

Chula or any other govt hospital might certainly increase their private pay rates but it won't be because of the MoPH list that has been widely fussed over on expat forums. To align with that, they would have to lower prices and that isn't going to happen.

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8 hours ago, HeijoshinCool said:

Thanks.

 

How much at Bangkok Christian?

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The top end (price wise) private hospitals charge significantly more but aside from them there is not much cost difference between private and government hospitals for CTs and MRIs. Stand alone imaging centers are less by a few thousand baht. Their equipment may be older, which may or may not matter. Best to discuss with the doctor who advises the scan both where to have it done and what parameters.

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