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Got informed by another teacher that a teacher in his department was required to get x-rays done for TB.

Is this now the case that at the hospital one needs the doctor's certificate and the syphilis tesT, blood group and now TB?

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That's what I had to get, along with a drug screening test (methamphetamines--I believe).

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That's what I had to get, along with a drug screening test (methamphetamines--I believe).

Had that before, a Chinese looking and very young female doctor at the Sapphasit hospital in Ubon R.

She said to me that the biggest drug problem in Thailand would be speed, and therefore wanted to test me on amphetamines.

Then an X-ray, plus a few other things that only cost money. It was the doctor who'd made the decision, not coming from the labor department.

Just went to my local hospital, did the ordinary 50 baht check, added a syphilis test, which took about 50 minutes, then ready to go.

It's not just the wasted money, it'as also a lot of wasted time. Scott, I hope you were positive.

I mean that you had a positive result, which would be negative in this case.

Somebody could be hooked up on heroin, suffering of Hep. C, D, E....plus Aids, but healthy? C'mon.

The hub of Syphilis tested foreigners?

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Private hospitals will try and push you for the X-ray and full blood work. Just tell them it's for a work permit and it's not needed.

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The clinics I went to for mine would usually check my blood pressure and pulse, but that'd be it.

That was in the countryside though, city clinics/hospitals might want to be a bit more thorough though.

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I'm pretty sure its the Labour Office that request a medical when you go through the WP process. In my case the local office request that you get a x-ray for TB in addition to all the other tests on their list and they have to be taken every year. For me its about 600 B and although the school will foot the WP bill they wont cough up for the medical fee...even though its part of the WP process. Mai pen rai.

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You don't need an X-ray to determine if you have TB. Go to another clinic. Problem solved!

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I'm speechless!

My last doctor's exams took maybe 2 minutes. No blood test or x-rays ever!

30 Baht or similarly low amount in clinics and a private GP's practice.

While I would accept, whatever they rule (why not add hair analysis for cocaine users), I want the same procedure for each and every foreign teacher. And Thai teachers, TBH. Same strokes for different folks. How would that be?!?

Met a few Thai teachers who were stinko at 8 am, reeking of booze... Just saying, because the whole school or anyone who came within a meter of these men would have smelled it.

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Go to a small clinic. Cost me 80 baht, and just checked my blood pressure and weight. They did not test me for syphilis, but they signed off for me not having it...I guess my big smile counts as a syphilis test. ;)

If you go to a hospital, it will cost more, and they will test you.

Question: Why do they want a syphilis test done, but not a HIV test and drug test? Sounds crazy to me

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Go to a small clinic. Cost me 80 baht, and just checked my blood pressure and weight. They did not test me for syphilis, but they signed off for me not having it...I guess my big smile counts as a syphilis test. wink.png

If you go to a hospital, it will cost more, and they will test you.

Question: Why do they want a syphilis test done, but not a HIV test and drug test? Sounds crazy to me

Please be aware that the labor department issues the tests. They do have the requirements in English now, but I've lost it through a malfunctioning hard drive.

The decision if a drug test will be done, is up to the doctor.

Most labor departments want the syphilis test. Easy to do at any private hospitals for about 150 baht.

Your "big" smile doesn't have anything to do with it, as they usually want a laboratory test result document.

Question: Why do people buy cows, if they only want to drink some milk? Sounds weird to me.

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Just got a new work permit, my medical to all of 5 mins, the Dr asked if i was well, he looked in my eyes and at my fingernails, medical complete, cert issued, work permit in hand two weeks ago............

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You don't need an X-ray to determine if you have TB. Go to another clinic. Problem solved!

What do you need then "to determine if you have TB?"

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You don't need an X-ray to determine if you have TB. Go to another clinic. Problem solved!

What do you need then "to determine if you have TB?"

A lung specialist at Bumrungrad hospital told me that a blood test is not a test for TB, he said there was no way you could detect TB from such a test.

An X-Ray would show signs of TB and that is why for the UK visa application an applicant has to produce an X-Ray from a designated hospital.

I know about TB from first hand experience and was concerned about the blood until this doctor told me not to worry about the blood work.

I had TB and the blood test came back clean!

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A small prick on the arm for a reaction will do the trick ...

But won't make the "misses" happy then....

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