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"Is there an alternative solution ?" 

 

You can use Google and try to treat yourself. 😁 The day might come when you will not be able to get an insurance. 

 
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as you get older, the travel insurance length of holiday diminishes also it gets more expensive, my friend who is 76 can only get 3 months, 

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I am 52 and have thought that I would enroll in this global emergency evacuation flight insurance program so that I could be flown back to my home country when I need a major health care emergency.

https://www.globalrescue.com/

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14 hours ago, twocatsmac said:

 

Also, before retirement or while you’re still working increase the limit on your cards to the max, 

I don’t think it’s as easy without current employment.

 

Yes....True. 

 

I wanted to increase my limit to account for inflation and poor exchange rate but was aware that not being in employment might prove a hurdle.

 

However , I had an online shop selling things and received a regular payment into my account every week of around 100 dollars from the same payer.

 

After a year of this I was due to return to the UK in May and was going to get my limit modestly increased on the strength of these deposits.

 

Then Covid19 arrived , Thailand post suspended services to most places and my online shop crashed completely. Sods law that.

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If you are from the UK and are classed there as non-resident my understanding is, that you are not entitled to free NHS treatment and care for three months, should you decide to return there.   This is irrespective of the time you may have worked in the UK.

One of the requirements for retirement visas in Thailand is the 800K bank deposit, no doubt this is to ensure you could, if necessary pay off your hospital bill.

Traveling back to the UK could be very expensive depending on your condition and of course flight regulations could ban you from traveling anyway.

 

Not sure what will happen once UK leaves the EU, no doubt reciprocal health care agreements will stop.

 

Yes, it may not be fair that having paid private medical insurance for years and then no longer covered because of age but that's the way it is.   No doubt as the world gets more sick insurance premiums will rise.

 

"OP original comment " - Annual Insurance premiums in excess of $100k are not in my reach so my plan has always been to hop on the plane to the UK if taken seriously sick .   Do you mean insurance premium or cover ?     Do you mean dollar or baht ?    Just hop on a plane ... the airlines do not have to let you travel if they see you are sick.   A global rescue insurance may help but if you can't afford the 100k premium then it is probably out of reach.     What happens if there is another pandemic or similar that bars flights between certain countries, how would you hop on a plane then ?   It's an overall irresponsible attitude towards family, airlines, it's passengers and those concerned.

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3 hours ago, Tounge Thaied said:

I am 52 and have thought that I would enroll in this global emergency evacuation flight insurance program so that I could be flown back to my home country when I need a major health care emergency.

https://www.globalrescue.com/

i would also be interested in such an insurance

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4 hours ago, Tounge Thaied said:

I am 52 and have thought that I would enroll in this global emergency evacuation flight insurance program so that I could be flown back to my home country when I need a major health care emergency.

https://www.globalrescue.com/

I guess that depends on the home country - for me, having stents after a heart attack, I couldn't have afforded to do it anywhere else and you can't get NHS treatment unless you're a UK resident anyway... that plan is for people travelling outside the UK, not living outside.

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