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Thanks Sheryl...…...Just took a look at your cheat sheet posting. Helpful info there.

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28 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Sheryl, I spoke on the phone this afternoon with one of the expat reps at Pacific Cross, trying to answer a couple of the looming questions about their policies and compliance with the O-A insurance requirement. Here are the answers I got:

 

1. Regarding policies with deductibles, the Pacific Cross rep indicated that any particular deductible level that a person chooses for their policy should NOT in any way impact its eligibility for O-A compliance. So as long as the policy limits themselves meet or exceed the O-A 400K/40K requirements, any chosen level of deductible is fine.

 

2. Regarding which Pacific Cross policies are going to be eligible for O-A certification, the rep there indicated that among their general policies, an O-A holder must have their Standard Extra or higher level policy. The rep specifically said their Standard and Standard Plus policies are NOT O-A certified.

 

So that means their O-A certified policies would include the three Platinum, O-A specific policies linked to on the TGIA website, as well as their general public policies including Standard Extra, Premier and Premier Plus, Maxima and Maxima Plus, and Ultima and Ultima Plus.

 

Also, for their Standard series policies, and specifically for the Standard Extra policy where the outpatient coverage is expressed as a maximum of 2000 baht per visit X a maximum of 30 outpatient visits per year, the Pacific Cross rep indicated that kind of coverage has been deemed to meet the O-A outpatient coverage requirement. Meaning they will issue an O-A insurance certificate for it, and the others, that should be accepted by Thai Immigration.

 

Overall, the answer above about being able to apply deductibles to the various Pacific Cross policies, and still maintain O-A eligibility, is really good news IMHO, because their premium discounts can be quite substantial depending on the policy deductible level chosen, which provides a good way to make the policy premiums much more affordable, along with their option for additional "no claims" discounts. Put the two together, and you can cut their standard premium rates by almost half or more.

  

 

It is good news re the deductibles. But why on earth is he saying Standard Plus is not compliant. It is 450/45 so should be. Regular standard of course not, but plus should be. (Though I would advise people to go for a higher level of cover if this will be their only policy and if they can afford to).

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10 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

 

It is good news re the deductibles. But why on earth is he saying Standard Plus is not compliant. It is 450/45 so should be. Regular standard of course not, but plus should be. (Though I would advise people to go for a higher level of cover if this will be their only policy and if they can afford to).

 

I asked that exact same question, Sheryl, since as you noted, the limits of the Standard Plus policy DO fit within the 400/40K limits. The guy's answer was, the Standard Plus policy hadn't been certified by the government...

 

And it presumably isn't because of its XXXX baht X 30 OPD visits provisions, since the Standard Extra has similar OPD language but with a higher per visit limit. And that kind of OPD language apparently isn't a problem. So where's the logic in it?  I have no clue.

 

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On 10/14/2019 at 11:24 AM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

According to the Pacific Cross rep's recent post here, originally, only the policies specifically listed on the TGIA O-A page were going to be deemed acceptable for O-A compliance, not their regular policy line. And even now, the Immigration language says the complying policies must be purchased online via the TGIA website.

 

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However, the rep's post indicated PC ended up going and persuading the government to allow all of their policies that met the coverage minimums to be deemed in compliance -- not just the 3 O-A policies they currently have listed on the O-A website.  Originally, that was not going to be the case.

 

My follow-up question I posed to them -- which they have not answered as yet -- is whether or not the government's permission to Pacific Cross also extended to all the other insurers listed on the O-A website, meaning, are all of their policies also available now provided they meet the minimums.

 

 

I think that is for someone applying for an O/A from outside of Thailand.  

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24 minutes ago, Mango Bob said:

I think that is for someone applying for an O/A from outside of Thailand.  

 

Since that post 11 days ago, it's become reasonably clear that, at least in theory, the Thai Embassies and Consulates who take O-A applications are going to be willing to accept either foreign or Thai insurance policies that meet the 400K IPD / 40K OPD minimums in their rule.

 

But significant problems/issues remain for both the foreign and Thai policies:

 

--For those with existing foreign/home country policies, it's appearing very difficult if not impossible to get those insurers to sign the required Thai legalistic "foreign insurance certificate" that the Thai government is requiring in order to accept such policies.

 

--And for those who might look to a Thai insurance policy instead, a lot of the participating Thai insurers either won't write new policies at all for older folks and/or won't renew existing policies beyond varying ages. And at the moment, there's no alternative/workaround except to insure with the 1 or 2 Thai carriers who will write new policies and renew existing ones for older folks.

 

 

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Regarding the comment on Aetna guaranteeing lifetime coverage if purchased before 60 - all well and good, but do the premiums head to the stratosphere at higher ages ?

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All insurance companies raise premiums eith age, usually in 5 year incrrments. The "cheat sheet" indicates rates at 65 and 75 and you will see that there is a big difference. For rates at 80 and beyond contact the companies.

Definitely if planning to settle permanently in Thailand need to factor this into your long-term financial planning..along with continued rise in cost of living in Thailand.

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On 10/13/2019 at 4:11 PM, OneMoreFarang said:

 .... and I think it would be good to add the following things to .... 

hi there, thank you for the clear explanation.

I would like to point out that with some companies, whereas they top-line do insure 400.000 in-patient cover, according to the information sheets, there seems to be a significantly lower limit on the maximum payment per disability/time/year.
Further to what was already mentioned, I am being told by someone handling a lot of claims that, in an international perspective, it would be prudent to have about 1 million USD cover to be relatively well protected
But, having said that, a local senior head of department in a respected hospital mentioned that medical bills of about 500.000 THB or over are rare in regular (i.e. not up-market) Hospitals here.

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On 10/25/2019 at 6:12 PM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

--For those with existing foreign/home country policies, it's appearing very difficult if not impossible to get those insurers to sign the required Thai legalistic "foreign insurance certificate" that the Thai government is requiring in order to accept such policies.

Indeed, and as so many things Thai the wording on the "Foreign Insurance Certificate" is pathetically unprofessional: "in accordance with the Cabinet Resolution, dated 2 April B.E. 2562(2019)". This doesn't mean frakk all. I'd expect them to quote a gazetted article of new legislation, but these "jeurks" work like seven year olds.

What if I would want to submit their official legal requirements to my ex employer so that they get the certificate signed from our insurer?

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On 10/21/2019 at 2:02 PM, Sheryl said:

Update: I just got reply from them confirming all policies available up to age 75. And deductibles are an option for all plans inc the Platinum.  Chart edited accordingly.

This is at complete variance with what Pacific Cross have just told me today - namely, that deductibles are NOT an option for the 3 Platinum plans.

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29 minutes ago, OJAS said:

This is at complete variance with what Pacific Cross have just told me today - namely, that deductibles are NOT an option for the 3 Platinum plans.

 

I see Pacific Cross has redone their webpage linked from the TGIA website since the last time I looked, with better information, explanation, and a handy little chart:

 

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The divergence between the policies the govt. has OK'd for the O-A program vs. the only one line for the O-X program is a bit odd, though....

 

They appear to have taken down the details re the Platinum policies on the O-A page. But as best as I recall, there were no deductible options on the Platinum plans that were specific to the O-X visa program and lately to the O-A.

 

However, AFAIK, all of the other general public Pacific Cross health plans such as the others listed in the chart above all have deductible options. And likewise, Pacific Cross has told me that those policies are O-A approved regardless of what deductible level a policyholder may choose.

 

 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

...AFAIK, all of the other general public Pacific Cross health plans such as the others listed in the chart above all have deductible options. And likewise, Pacific Cross has told me that those policies are O-A approved regardless of what deductible level a policyholder may choose.

 

This is what I was told in writing (email) from a rep there:

 

" Dear Sheryl,
 
In the insurance certificate there will be no mention of deductibles. This is one of our strong points, no other company that is approved by immigration has deductibles in their plans."
 
and
 
" *2. For the Platinum Plan that can enrol up to age 75, is therean option
  for taking a deductible to reduce premium?  *

 " Yes, we have 40,000, 100,000, 200,000 and 300,000 deductibles"

 
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16 minutes ago, Sheryl said:
2. For the Platinum Plan that can enrol up to age 75, is therean option
  for taking a deductible to reduce premium?  *

 " Yes, we have 40,000, 100,000, 200,000 and 300,000 deductibles"

 

Thanks Sheryl... Google has a cached version of the prior Pacific Cross webpage where they listed all the details of that visa-specific Platinum policy range... At least on that page, there was no mention of deductibles being available for that policy range.  Even though on all their other policy range web pages, deductible options are very clearly spelled out...  So dunno how to reconcile that with the info you received...

 

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But it did include several other details in small print at the bottom, including:

 

 

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Applicant must be aged 6 – 75 years old.

 

Elective treatment for North America, Japan, HongKong, EU countries and Switzerland – This benefit is permitted only on a case by case basis with no guarantee of acceptance. In all others countries pre-approval of treatment is required.

 

The applicant must be Thai resident or reside in Thailand at least 6 months in 12 months period.

 

The insured has the ability to continuously renew the policy up to age 99 years, premium and coverage may be adjusted following the claim experience, health condition, increasing age.

 

Information in this brochure is only preliminary information provided for the applicant to consider for applying for health insurance coverage from the company, all insuring conditions shall be referred to Definition, General Definition, General Exclusions, and Insuring Agreement of the health insurance policy of the company.

 

 

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