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4 hours ago, Brunolem said:

Myanmar and Laos accounting for more than half of these "medical tourists"???

 

There is something fishy here...

Not really, they probably don't have the facilities or expertise in Burma or Laos.

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23 hours ago, webfact said:

 

Medical tourists will be tested three times for Covid-19: before departing for Thailand, on arrival, and before returning home

if you test neg before departing and on arrival but then pos' before returning home .. what happens then .. can I claim compo' .?

 

23 hours ago, webfact said:

, herbal products

What ganja .? 

 

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i would have to very very sick body and mind before even thinking to come here for a medical treatment

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1 hour ago, jackdd said:

Nothing fishy about it. The hospitals in Thailand are way better than in their own countries, so if they can afford it they go to Thailand.

If you went to for example Bangkok Hospital in Udon Thani before Covid, there were always many people from Laos.

Agree, but I am not sure this is what the Thai government has in mind (someone crossing from Laos to be treated in Udon Thani hospital) when it comes to medical tourism... 

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The private hospitals are going broke with no tourist of any kind!  let the Thai Ringing Bro Circle start the only way to find out what a mess it is going to be is let them dream on and on? 

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3 hours ago, Letseng said:

Acc to London embassy website you require a letter from a doctor in your country to say that the treatment can't be done in your home country and you need to get it done in TH. Ok if you come from Middle East.

This seems to be true according to this graphic.

"Certificate of medical institutional from leaving country"

 

 

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It's a fascinating case of schizophrenia.

They want money from foreigners, but at the same time introduce many hurdles to come in.

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3 hours ago, Letseng said:

Acc to London embassy website you require a letter from a doctor in your country to say that the treatment can't be done in your home country and you need to get it done in TH. Ok if you come from Middle East.

Again - contact the hospital. They can and will take care of the paperwork.

 

I believe the London website is out of date, i.e. prior to the new rules and harking back to when only emergency humanitarian exceptions were allowed in.

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1 hour ago, Brunolem said:

Agree, but I am not sure this is what the Thai government has in mind (someone crossing from Laos to be treated in Udon Thani hospital) when it comes to medical tourism... 

Why not? Bangkok hospitsl udon is a private for profit hospital that gets good income from Lao patients (and others but the Lao ate a big chunk). It is one of the hospitals in the scheme.

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1 hour ago, Berti said:

It's a fascinating case of schizophrenia.

They want money from foreigners, but at the same time introduce many hurdles to come in.

It's not schizophrenia. They want the rich customers first and the cheap charlies later. 

 

I'm in Thailand last not least for medical reasons, to relief me from arthrosis. Which works perfectly. 

But the hurdles are high, as you state. In my case they're imposed by the German health insurance system though - not by Thailand. 

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9 minutes ago, micmichd said:

It's not schizophrenia. They want the rich customers first and the cheap charlies later. 

 

If I would be rich and would want to get an expensive heart surgery in Thailand, I need a certificate that this surgery is not possible in my home country.

So they want my money, but they don't let me in.

Strange and schizo..

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2 minutes ago, Berti said:

If I would be rich and would want to get an expensive heart surgery in Thailand, I need a certificate that this surgery is not possible in my home country.

So they want my money, but they don't let me in.

Strange and schizo..

Once again : Thailand would let you in if you're a private patient. Just your Farang doctor would have it hard to issue a certificate stating the surgery can't be done in your home country. Best ask your Farang doctor for a cost estimate, then get a Thai counter cost estimate, and then ask your private health insurance which one they'd prefer to pay.

There are websites where you can count the cost estimates for different countries. 

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26 minutes ago, micmichd said:

Once again : Thailand would let you in if you're a private patient. Just your Farang doctor would have it hard to issue a certificate stating the surgery can't be done in your home country. Best ask your Farang doctor for a cost estimate, then get a Thai counter cost estimate, and then ask your private health insurance which one they'd prefer to pay.

There are websites where you can count the cost estimates for different countries. 

 

Again, this is old information from back when only exceptional cases were allowed in on humanitarian grounds. The new rules as of July 1 are aimed not at such emergencies but at medical tourism. Nothing in the new requirements limits entry to people who can't get care in their home countries.

 

I have done detailed investigations into getting a foreign patient here. The private hospital international departments can handle it and at no point is any sort of certificate like this needed.

 

That said, there are certainly a bunch of hoops and additional costs now involved compared to in the past.

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8 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

 

Again, this is old information from back when only exceptional cases were allowed in on humanitarian grounds. The new rules as of July 1 are aimed not at such emergencies but at medical tourism. Nothing in the new requirements limits entry to people who can't get care in their home countries.

 

I have done detailed investigations into getting a foreign patient here. The private hospital international departments can handle it and at no point is any sort of certificate like this needed.

 

That said, there are certainly a bunch of hoops and additional costs now involved compared to in the past.

Sure, there's always been medical tourism in Thailand. It was just easier before to get a tourist visa. 

 

The mentioning of the cost comparison portals was just a hint for those who usually have no idea how expensive medical treatment in the West is. 

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Is there anything better to write about from Thaivisa? I thought all these requirements were suppose to be met prior to departure of the country you flying from!  Why place sick people on a plane with unstick people?  Does anyone have common sense in this part of the world?

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