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SURVEY; Health Insurance for long stayers -- needed or not?

SURVEY; Health Insurance for long stayers -- needed or not?  

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As many of our readers know, the Thai government is planning on requiring proof of health insurance for visitors to the Kingdom who plan for an an extended stay.   In your opinion, do you believe this is a feasible plan?  

 

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This survey is flawed.The webfact source is not the actual police notice on the subject for  long stayers and that should be used as the correct source only . Mandatory Long stayers insurance applies to o-a not type o visa who have to demonstrate they can self support with funds in or arriving into Thailand according to the latest order ( and ubonjoe ).There are important differences between types of long stayers. For o-a mandatory -yes there are good reason for implementation.. Maybe not just from those insurance companies signed up for it  but others too.

For o type visa it should be optional ... Due to funding requisites for that visa type etc....for short stay there should be proof of adequate insurance at time of entry .( rather than crowd funding).

A  survey such as this leads to the inevitable speculation on the government implementing for everyone rather than documented  fact by the latest regulations.

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If the truth lies in the number the Thai government has put forth for their cost of having to pay 500 million bahts per year to hospitals due expats not paying their bill it's a SERIOUS matter! If this is really the case...We have become undesirable tourists! The writing is on the wall sort of speak... it's a warning to all expats who don't have insurance and are due for visa renewals...full implementation maybe not this year but one has to think next year it will be fully implemated!

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2 hours ago, RBOP said:

Having health insurance is wise but we should also have the option to self insure. 

Exactly. This needs to be a choice in the survey. One way or another, long-stay foreigners should have the ability to take care of themselves.

 

They talk about 400,000/40,000, I believe. Why not offer the option to put 500,000 into an account, much like we have to do now for the retirement or marriage extensions?

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I have a UK postal address and am able to have $50,000 of insurance for $150 a month. This is adequate for Thailand. At 72 local companies are quoting over 75,000 a month and exclude preexisting conditions!

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1 hour ago, Thailand said:

Will the results of the poll be sent to the government for them to reconsider the proposals?

Surely you jest!

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