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Tourist police to the rescue - British pensioner has no relatives left and owed 17,000 baht to the hospital

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10 minutes ago, CaptainCarrot said:

He's been living in Thailand since he retired, so his pension is pegged at what it was the day he retired. Nearer to 400GBP/month I think.

I'm the same age as him. My frozen UK pension is £600 a month. And at my age no insurance company that I know of, provides cover after 75 - or maybe at best, a ridiculously high premium. 

 

If I'm hospitalised, I'll use my savings. 

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2 hours ago, sanuk711 said:

It's not a fortune is it....& the Thai's have acted quite well with him.

But it is another brick in the wall of people who have the opinion that all non Thai residents should have insurance. Sometimes its hard to argue the case against it.

wouldn't be an issue if he was following the rules - read my above post

 

the mandatory Thai insurance for O-A visa types provides 400kbaht cover - it is no accident that those on extensions need to retain 400k in their bank accounts 12 months a year - and IO explained some time ago that that is exactly what the retained 400k balance was for - insurance

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36 minutes ago, ezzra said:

with so many well to do foreigners in Thailand, until date there isn't one body that has formed and that can help and rescue a foreigner in true distress thinking that embassies can solve all problems, about time someone will pick up the glove and do something about and show the Thai people and the government that foreigners can look after their own...I'll put my baht where my mouth is and will donate what ever is needed...

Maybe a job for Theodore?

 

 

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53 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I pay 50bht to see a doctor in the government hospital, very reasonable price.

(That's the charge for any person not registered to that hospital under the Thai '30bht' scheme)

Is it still like this? I think they changed this. Even a year before this change they charged me 500 Baht for a doctor at the Pattaya City Hospital. But I remember when I went to the Banglamung hospital about 20 years ago. They didn't know what to charge me as foreigner and so I paid nothing at all. But I am afraid this time is over. 

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everyone is assuming he has no money 

 

my take on the OP is that he is refusing to pay by saying he has no money 

 

he of course does have money - he has at least a government pension and likely a work pension also so why is he refusing to pay the bill - that is not entirely clear

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5 minutes ago, nausea said:

This is the Thailand I love. A lot of these small acts of kindness go on all the time, all over the place, you never hear about them much though. Live here for a while and you realise your average Thai is a pretty decent bloke, or blokess.

very true but there is also a dark side 

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