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Multi-tier prices at state hospitals now in effect in Phuket

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10 minutes ago, Sumarianson said:

Including me! Dentistry and hair transplant. Thailand is too expensive now. 

good dental care over there, I agree.
Local quality care indeed more expensive it seems.

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As I live in Laos, 'some' medical procedures performed on my aging body are best performed in Thailand such as a recent operation on the 'back' of my eyeball (I went from 95% couldn't see out of my left eye to 90% vision at the moment ... they say it will continue to improve over the next month or so), I always go to the Khon Kaen University, great staff and looked after by Professors. Their charges are more than reasonable, silly <deleted> me at 66 has no health insurance, but $4500 for 2 weeks in a VIP 2 room with all facilities including 3 external ops on my kidneys was great for me. And now $2000, for eye Op and same VIP room and service. No joking, I went to a Hospital in Udon once, I had to have injections into my eye ball, somehow, on the patient card they brought to me with the bill, (which near gave me a heart attack at 45,000 Baht for a 3 hour procedure and no overnight), they asked the name of my insurance company, I reiterated and said I am 100% private and I'm paying cash .... they went away and came back with a bill for 15,000 baht which was closer to what we were quoted the week before, so as long as you have the time ask, (before they treat you) I'm sure all these new charges are negotiable .... I hope so anyway !!!

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This report puzzles me as to my knowledge Vachira has had double pricing for years now.

 

And I very much doubt they have lowered prices to reflect the MoPH approved levels.

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10 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Once they've forced us all to take out health insurance, the prices won't matter.

it does matter, because the amount claimed is part of the insurance premium calculation.

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43 minutes ago, sandyf said:

Everything is not as straightforward as you may think and spreading misinformation does not help anyone.

Agreed, am not a Thai national so do not know first hand all the coverages under their 30 baht fee at government hospitals.  So you would call that discrimination?

 

From other posts here it seems you need to "shop around" to different hospitals or where your doctor of choice is working as he may work at 2-3 different hospitals over the course of a week or 2. 

 

OP is about Phuket exclusively, so maybe best not to go to a government hospital there until you know the pricing.  Also in the OP, “This law focuses on foreigners who do not have any health and accident insurance. ... the prices are now regulated by the government, so foreigners do not need to worry about being overcharged,”

 

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14 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Once they've forced us all to take out health insurance, the prices won't matter.

Unfortunately the thai insurance is crappy. 400K minimum insurance won't cover any serious emergency. 

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1 hour ago, Bartman1369 said:

Agree with the majority of your post until you spoke about quotas. A friend of my wife recently took a job at a bar and must bar fine at least 5 times per month or she loses her job. I also heard recently of several bars that the girls must receive at least 30+ drinks per month to retain their jobs.

And the bar owner is a farang in most cases.

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11 hours ago, Skallywag said:

You realize Thais only pay 30 baht for government hospital visit.

Are you sure?   I took my wife to Surin Government after a piece of wire thrown while I was cutting grass was impaled into her neck near the c-spine. She was attended by an ER doctor who consulted with a surgeon. She was admitted to the surgery floor, received a tetanus shot and pre-op meds. After surgery, she was kept overnight for observation, received IV antibiotics and pain management. Upon her discharge the next day, she received 7 days of oral antibiotic. Two weeks of aftercare on MWF to assess, clean and redress the wound site was provided at the surgeons rural clinic near our home. There was no 30 baht fee requested by the hospital or any aftercare charges from the surgeons clinic.

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Typical really, the government hospitals smell extra profit and so decide to jump on the bandwagon of private healthcare providers. Discrimination at it's most obvious, not an unusual thing in this racist nation, however. Just another example of why profiteering and medicine go together like oil and water.

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Went to a government hospital in Bangkok yesterday just to see what all the fuss is about. Price to see a doctor 1,500 Baht. Could only put the service down to organized chaos. Could not even choose the appointment time. Pharmacy charges little better than day light robbery. Decided to cut short my visit and went across the road to the local GPO and got my prescription at the same price Thais pay and decided to stick with the private sector as far as doctors are concerned.

 

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20 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Once they've forced us all to take out health insurance, the prices won't matter.

With the double or triple prices (probably more if you're insured) one should be happy if the 400K would cover a minor accident.

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30 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Once they've forced us all to take out health insurance, the prices won't matter.

Actually, your health insurance will not cover pre-existing conditions, so you will likely have to look for the best priced treatment amongst different hospitals  

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13 minutes ago, bikerbri said:

Went to a government hospital in Bangkok yesterday just to see what all the fuss is about. Price to see a doctor 1,500 Baht. Could only put the service down to organized chaos. Could not even choose the appointment time. Pharmacy charges little better than day light robbery. Decided to cut short my visit and went across the road to the local GPO and got my prescription at the same price Thais pay and decided to stick with the private sector as far as doctors are concerned.

 

In San Sai I've been paying 80bht for new or emergency consultations, plus 50bht foreigner charge.

My ongoing check-ups every 3 months charge me the 50bht foreigner fee and medications @ 1bht/pill.

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