Jump to content
BANGKOK
KPG59

Bandon Hospital extortion

Recommended Posts

Just a little heads-up to Phangan residents/visitors. My (local Thai) wife and I live close to Bandon Hospital, and have used their services several times during the last few years. 2 nights ago my wife had a sudden onset of severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. At 2am I drove her to the hospital. After taking down some basic information and pulling her file, we were sent to an examination room. A few minutes later the pharmacist/cashier walked in and told us the the bill would be at least 13,000Baht! I asked her "for what?". She said "for the doctor and the medicine". I told her that my wife hadn't even seen the doctor yet so nobody even knows what the problem IS, or what medicine might be needed. She just stood there with the famous Thai "1000 yard stare" and offered no further information. My wife, who has a good grasp of English slang, got off of the examining table, said "screw this", and told me to take her home. Her symptoms eased during the night, and as soon as the pharmacy opened we bought the recommended meds (250Baht). My wife is fine now. We will NEVER return to Bandon. I hope our experience was the exception, but I somehow doubt it...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is no corruption in Thai hospitals...they are closely watched and controlled by the non-corrupt Thai government.

 

You must have done something wrong...

 

Just thought I would prepare you for the "Thai never do anything wrong" crowd who post here...

 

Thanks for the heads-up...👍

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Once Bandon told me if I stayed overnight it would be at least 30k even the very expensive BKK hospital was 40% less at 18k. People go because it looks cheap but is the most extortionate on the island.

 

Also half the people I know who actually needed something done at Bandon came out with an infection so not thanks, never again for me either

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unfortunately, this hospital is probably the worse of the Samui hospitals for 'creative' charging.

I go there only for medical certificates for driving licence and visa/work permits medical certificates. For that they are cheap and quick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Who goes to hospital for a tummy bug after a few hours? Wait one to three days. Why did the Thai wife use bad language? In English? Was she working with the staff to get her hubbies money?

  • Like 1
  • Confused 2
  • Sad 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is there no government hospital?

With free health care for your Thai wife?

Even the 250bht for 'meds' from the local pharmacy sounds unlikely.

 

Did you make this story up?

Edited by BritManToo
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bandon (Samui) used to be a low end private hospital at almost same fees as when using a government hospital – and almost so it was in the beginning of my time at Samui – now they charge so high fees that other private hospitals, which might even have higher standards, are same price or perhaps even lower price.

Edited by khunPer
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Is there no government hospital?

With free health care for your Thai wife?

Even the 250bht for 'meds' from the local pharmacy sounds unlikely.

 

Did you make this story up?

OP talks about the island Koh Phangan.

There is a government hospital about 10 kilometers (or less) from Bandon – however, it's been said that...

Quote

A lot of people visit Koh Phangan and not discover that there is a government hospital on the island. This is because the hospital is located just north of Thongsala down a road most won’t go down. The other reason is that there are several medical centres in Thongsala and Haad Rin that are more visible and who attract the majority of burn victims and road accident victims.

Full article "Koh Phangan Hospital".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the OP & wife didn't realize there's an adequate Govt facility in Tong Sala they cannot have lived there very long. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Tmoney said:

I believe a number of posters are confusing Bandon Hospital Samui with Bandon Hospital, Phangan.

The op is referring to Bandon Hospital on Phangan.

https://www.phangan.info/health-clinics/bandon-international-hospital/

No, but it's same hospital chain, therefore the comparison...😉

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, KPG59 said:

What a totallly cynical, ignorant, and moronic comment. "Hubby", in his former life, was a paramedic with extensive medical training. "Hubby thought it was appropriate to take his wife of 15 years to the hospital, since it was 2am and no pharmacies were open. Wife used "bad language"? "Screw this. Take me home"... Wow! Real vulgar! As for "working with the staff", you must have had some bad experiences with Thai women(probably YOUR fault). I have not. Ever. Get a life, man...

How about not knowing about the (considerably cheaper and better equipped) Govt facility?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...