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Whenever I go to the hospital (Bangkok Christian), they give me at least four medicines, most of which go unused. The doctor always tells me about one medicine he's giving me but when I go to the counter to pay and pick up my meds, there's always a bunch of others I must pay for and don't really want. Is it possible / acceptable to ask the doctor for the actual prescription(s) and tell him that I will buy it/them in the local pharmacy where it's cheaper and I can decide which ones I want?

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Absolutely, I normally just ask what I need and have them prescribe the smallest amount (as a goodwill) and buy it from the Hospital. Then get what I need out in town. You're under no obligations to buy your prescriptions from the Hospital. 

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4 minutes ago, Liverpudlian said:

What are your ailments may i ask ? 

Different visits for different ailments. The question is a general one about protocol and not about whether the medicines are appropriate for my ailment.

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You can refuse to buy obviously. I believe they even have to allow you to buy outside of the hospital, even when being inpatient, with changed rules recently.

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22 minutes ago, impulse said:

Hospital pharmacies probably thrive on fully insured patients who don't even look at the prices.  That was me before my contract and WP ended, along with my company insurance.  My personal policies aren't nearly as comprehensive any more.

Know a guy who had both babies in the same private hospital, first time without insurance and second with insurance.
Second one billed almost double the amount to insurance. Within 2 years after each other, same procedure / length of stay etc. They know to make money.

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5 minutes ago, ChaiyaTH said:

Know a guy who had both babies in the same private hospital, first time without insurance and second with insurance.
Second one billed almost double the amount to insurance. They know to make money.

 

I know there's more to it, but if I had to fill out all the forms and fight all the fights to get reimbursed by an insurance company, I'd start out at double, too.

 

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8 minutes ago, White Christmas13 said:

I might be a bit off course here, but why do people have to go to hospital in Thailand 

for prescriptions? Where I live we go to a doctors surgery only serious or life 

threatening cases are refereed to hospitals.

 

There are virtually no GP's in Thailand with offices independent of a hospital.

 

Took me awhile to get used to it, too.  The good news is that a visit to the hospital in Thailand doesn't incur punitive pricing like a visit to a US hospital.  Often less than $20 USD to see a doctor in a Thai hospital- even an expensive private hospital.

 

A little anecdote...  We had a visitor from Europe in a hotel on BKK's Sukhumvit that got a little sick.  The (5 star) hotel had a doctor on call for around $100, plus any prescriptions.  I walked him down to Bumrungrad and he saw a great doctor and walked out with several prescriptions for less than $100.

 

 

 

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Just now, impulse said:

 

There are virtually no GP's in Thailand with offices independent of a hospital.

 

Took me awhile to get used to it, too.

 

Yes lucky me I never needed a doctor in Thailand here in OZ you have hundreds of GP's

in every city. Don't even need to make an appointment in most of them(surgeries) 

I went to see a doc a couple of years ago, because I was worried about my irregular

heartbeat got a appointment at the hospital for a Cardio Version at 8 am and walked

out again at 1 pm. Of course free off charge.( cardio version means have the heart reset)

OK I am a pensioner and covered by Medicare. If I need any of my medication updated

I just see a doctor and pick up my medication at a chemist for a few dollars. 

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I've declined meds a few times, they usually prescribe the most expensive they can find plus throw in unnecessary meds as well. The pharmacy always look shocked when i decline, they must be used to it by now. I have asked the Dr to write the meds down as i want to buy outside as I'm not a tourist.

 

You can also check the meds at the pharmacy before paying, ask for the bill then take a photo or write them down then don't buy

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