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I have been doing research into many companies re taking out private health insurance. My original interest was only in getting a policy to be covered in a private hospital should something happen to me in the coming years. 

 

The decision now comes down to 2 options:

1. A big name Thai insurer that has life insurance + the private health insurance (cost around 200k a yr for 10 yrs)

 

2. A policy that only offers health insurance in the event of sickness.... private health insurance with Aetena : around 100k a year. From what I can see online, it seems like this policy is worldwide (excl the States because its too expensive?). In the event of being in ICU the max n.o of days is 15. If I take this policy now before my 60th I can continue getting insurance from them into my old age. 

 

It seem like option 1 will be twice as expensive and is an old fashioned life insurance type product with payments made to beneficiaries on death. If I live another 20 yrs then that means I spend 2,000,000 extra on insurance as opposed to taking a policy with Aetena. 

 

Quite a tricky decision. Anyone else have either option?

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It seems you are close to 60 it also seems more clarity is needed plus more research?

 

I've seen a lot of policy you quoted 200,000 baht? for 10 years with no cancellation? The math that comes out of 20,000 baht per year which from my experience is impossible!

 

Question are you going to live in Thailand full time?

 

What is the coverage max?  Most policy in general have some form of life insurance average 300,000 baht.

 

Your post is missing lots of information in my opinion to answer your questions?

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To me the decision is quite obvious and that is the pure Medical Aid Insurance with Aetna, or any other pure Medical Aid Insurance. I would shop around (maybe through a broker) as Aetna may not offer the best quotation. However, what I would not do, is a life Assurance combined with Medical Aid, as it always turns out more expensive. Try and get a quotation of two separate covers Life Assurance and separately Medical Aid. I bet that with exactly the same amounts of cover (you should note on the life cover, if it is on a cover with profits, or life only, which means that only you inheritors will benefit if you pass during the currency of the policy and you get nothing at the end of the currency) two separte covers are going to be cheaper than one combined

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16 hours ago, bbabythai said:

1. A big name Thai insurer that has life insurance + the private health insurance (cost around 200k a yr for 10 yrs). 

 

2. A policy that only offers health insurance in the event of sickness.... private health insurance with Aetena : around 100k a year. From what I can see online, it seems like this policy is worldwide (excl the States because its too expensive?). In the event of being in ICU the max n.o of days is 15. If I take this policy now before my 60th I can continue getting insurance from them into my old age. 

 

I think you will find that Option 1 is a fixed 200K per year for 10 years and Option 2 is 100K for the first year and then the premium will rise every year as you get older.  Also, the health insurance piggy-backed on local life insurance policies is normally (but not always) more restrictive on benefits and exclusions.

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I used ensure Asia before but am waiting on the rep from Aetena to send me quotes as I asked before and they seemed to cover the inpatient medical costs I required for a pretty cheap yearly cost . I have had a cold twice in 12 years in Thailand and nothing else , but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry when something major or requiring surgery etc happens . Especially from the way some hospital bills of inpatients rockets in Thailand.

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The aetna policy has clauses with treatment at many hospitals in Thailand where you have to pay for any IPD (in patient ) treatment and then claim  back the bill. Or maybe that should be 'try' and claim it from insurance company ! Don't like that idea 

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7 hours ago, Sheryl said:

Do you have a need for life insurance? If not then it is a no brainer to exclude option 1. If yes, I suggest you cost out what life insurance alone would cost you and compare that pus health insurance to the dual package. Also,  need to clarify the 200k for 10 year part - surely the cover is for life???

 

You seem to have considered only Thai companies.  There is considerable advantage to getting an internationally issued expat policy, usually costs the same or less for better coverage and unlike Thai policies cannot raise rates based on claims history. And my premium now, about 10 years older than you, is about 100k baht (with a US $500 deductible). That is April International, policy issued out of France and under French law (much better than Thai insurance regs) and the insurer has office in Bangkok. Just for example.

 

I would also add that you should work through a broker, even if you already know what you want, as broker will help with any claims issues that may arise later. My broker was an immense help to me when I had an accident last year and wento ut of her way to make sure I knew all my entitlements; even compiled and submitted the follow up outpatient claims for me (the policy is inpt only but covers OPD after a hospitalization).

 

I am about a decade older than you and am insured for  1 million US in Thailand (and most other countries, just a few exceptions and even those are included for emergencies during short trips) with lifetime renewal guarnateed, no i cerase in premoums based on claims or changes in health status,

 

 

I know you are the most knowledgeable here re insurance and am seeking your guidance. I’ve been in uk for 7 months but feel I should grasp the nettle now on returning to Thailand (married to Thai) before my non imm O extension (retirement) expires 23 January.

To make the initial COE application/registration requires $100k COVID insurance cover (I have no current insurance ) . I did look into a uk travel insurance policy (I now qualify as a uk resident) with a provider that includes COVID cover . Small print ( I’ve checked)means unless you have a pre booked RETURN leg ticket (which I don’t want) a single trip (specified dates) insurance becomes invalid without that and an annual policy has maximum trip length of 60 days (too short to cover remaining validity of my visa). So that might push me to some form of expat based insurance which I can use for the COE. If general medical insurance would not be hugely more expensive it might make sense to include that too. But I don’t want to commit to a large initial expense in case for whatever reason (uk domestic situation now volatile)my return is thwarted . Are there for example any policies which might cover my immediate requirements (say paid for an initial period) but I could either cancel or continue with on a monthly basis ? I’m 68 and in good health ( just low dose 5 mg bisoporol medication for hypertension)and am self insurance minded ( I know your opinion differs!) 😉 

I would be eternally grateful for your recommendations and suggestions,particularly on which insurers as I know you’ve researched this aspect which is why I value your opinion above most others. 

 

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13 hours ago, Sheryl said:

I would also add that you should work through a broker, even if you already know what you want, as broker will help with any claims issues that may arise later.

What broker do you use?

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13 hours ago, nchuckle said:

I know you are the most knowledgeable here re insurance and am seeking your guidance. I’ve been in uk for 7 months but feel I should grasp the nettle now on returning to Thailand (married to Thai) before my non imm O extension (retirement) expires 23 January.

To make the initial COE application/registration requires $100k COVID insurance cover (I have no current insurance ) . I did look into a uk travel insurance policy (I now qualify as a uk resident) with a provider that includes COVID cover . Small print ( I’ve checked)means unless you have a pre booked RETURN leg ticket (which I don’t want) a single trip (specified dates) insurance becomes invalid without that and an annual policy has maximum trip length of 60 days (too short to cover remaining validity of my visa). So that might push me to some form of expat based insurance which I can use for the COE. If general medical insurance would not be hugely more expensive it might make sense to include that too. But I don’t want to commit to a large initial expense in case for whatever reason (uk domestic situation now volatile)my return is thwarted . Are there for example any policies which might cover my immediate requirements (say paid for an initial period) but I could either cancel or continue with on a monthly basis ? I’m 68 and in good health ( just low dose 5 mg bisoporol medication for hypertension)and am self insurance minded ( I know your opinion differs!) 😉 

I would be eternally grateful for your recommendations and suggestions,particularly on which insurers as I know you’ve researched this aspect which is why I value your opinion above most others. 

 

You can cancel any policy with a certain amount of advance written notice (at least 30 days I think maybe 60). If you anticipate you might need to cancel mid year then you might want to opt for monthly rather than annual premium patment -- usually costs about 10% more but avoids having to seek a prorated refund

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To me it all depends were you live whether insurance is worth it. I live in a small town north of Chiang Mai. Well a friend had a accident, slipped in the bathroom and hit his head on the sink. Now he had very good insurance but the ambulance took him to 4 different hospital's before they treated him. Sad to say he never made it back home and he was 38. So before you spend a lot of money on insurance  think about were you live first.

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On 11/2/2020 at 4:10 PM, bbabythai said:

I have been doing research into many companies re taking out private health insurance. My original interest was only in getting a policy to be covered in a private hospital should something happen to me in the coming years. 

 

The decision now comes down to 2 options:

1. A big name Thai insurer that has life insurance + the private health insurance (cost around 200k a yr for 10 yrs)

 

2. A policy that only offers health insurance in the event of sickness.... private health insurance with Aetena : around 100k a year. From what I can see online, it seems like this policy is worldwide (excl the States because its too expensive?). In the event of being in ICU the max n.o of days is 15. If I take this policy now before my 60th I can continue getting insurance from them into my old age. 

 

It seem like option 1 will be twice as expensive and is an old fashioned life insurance type product with payments made to beneficiaries on death. If I live another 20 yrs then that means I spend 2,000,000 extra on insurance as opposed to taking a policy with Aetena. 

 

Quite a tricky decision. Anyone else have either option?

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On 11/4/2020 at 1:21 PM, vandeventer said:

To me it all depends were you live whether insurance is worth it. I live in a small town north of Chiang Mai. Well a friend had a accident, slipped in the bathroom and hit his head on the sink. Now he had very good insurance but the ambulance took him to 4 different hospital's before they treated him. Sad to say he never made it back home and he was 38. So before you spend a lot of money on insurance  think about were you live first.

I agree with your comment. Its exactly why I insisted on moving my wife and child to a decent city with a good private hospital 5min away. We lived in the sticks before this and only option was a govt hospital. scary...

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On 11/3/2020 at 10:21 PM, vandeventer said:

To me it all depends were you live whether insurance is worth it. I live in a small town north of Chiang Mai. Well a friend had a accident, slipped in the bathroom and hit his head on the sink. Now he had very good insurance but the ambulance took him to 4 different hospital's before they treated him. Sad to say he never made it back home and he was 38. So before you spend a lot of money on insurance  think about were you live first.

 

Why did they take him to 4 different hospitals before they treated him?

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