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Cash help for tourists hurt in Phuket
Tanyaluk Sakoot

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Antonio Papaleo, the first injured tourist to receive aid under the scheme, is now out of hospital. Photo Tony Boyd

PHUKET: -- The stabbing of an Italian journalist by a gang of young Thai robbers on July 3 has ushered in a new system that will help fund medical treatment for visitors who are attacked and injured in Phuket.

Investigative journalist Antonia Papaleo spent three weeks in hospital after he was stabbed, and had to have his spleen removed.

Santi Pawai, director of the Phuket Office of Tourism and Sport (POTS) explained, “As soon as I heard about the case [of Mr Papaleo], I called the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in Bangkok.

“Vachira Hospital were able to approve a B100,000 grant [for his treatment], while Patong Hospital also offered a B1,690 grant.

“ The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has a total budget of around B20 million for [such cases] throughout Thailand. We plan to set up a committee in Phuket to help tourists in the future, so that each case can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.”

Each case will be considered on its merits, he said, and “not every case will be approved however. “For example, we receive several cases everyday involving tourists who are too drunk to get on their flights.”

The amounts awarded will depend on the situation. For example, if tourists are injured in a natural disaster, a terrorist act, an assault, a rape or an accident, they may receive a special grant and immediate help. If the accident involves alcohol or drugs there will be no award.

Tourists may receive a grant of B100,000 for medical costs or as much as B300,000 if they lose a limb or an organ. Rape victims will get B20,000.

If the tourist is required to stay in hospital and this affects their travel plans, they may receive an additional B2,000 per day for up to 10 days, for food and accommodation.

Pol Col ML Pattanajak Jakkapan, superintendent of Kamala Police Station, said, “The reason for this is the Antonio Papaleo case.

“He suffered a cut spleen in the attack and was taken to Patong Hospital initially and then to Vachira Hospital where he stayed for around 10 days.

“We discovered that all nine offenders who attacked Antonio already had criminal records. We arrested eight and are still looking for the ninth.

“Pol Maj Gen Krajang Suwannarat, heading the Phuket Police Force, and other senior police officers, believe that tourists should not be faced with such terrible situations. So we cooperated with the Phuket Tourist Association and the POTS to find the best way to help.”

Sathirapong Na Takuatung, the new president of the Phuket Tourism Association, thanked Vachira Phuket Hospital for offering support to the officials and for making generous grants to tourists.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/cash-help-for-tourists-hurt-in-phuket-47710.php

[pn]2014-08-06[/pn]

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Really, the attackers should pay. As far as I know, that is how Thai law works. There seems to be another law in place where there is a payout from the government that has been around for 12 years and most foreigners didn't use it in the past. It seems that the rise of crime and the cost of medical care scared someone to change the laws.

 

http://www.thailandlaw.org/thailand-personal-injury.html

http://www.thebigchilli.com/features/victim-of-a-crime-you-may-be-eligible-for-compensation

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I know this is well-intentioned, but it makes Phuket sound more like a war zone than a tourist destination. Perhaps they're trying to attract the tourist dollar from Pattaya? smile.png

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Rape victimes will get 450
Write that in any Western press 100% of readers will believe it's a printing mistake ! Edited by Tchooptip
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How generous of Patong Hospital to open their budget and grant Mr. Papaleo a whopping 1,690bht grant. :-\ SMH

 

And they probably got that as donations from other farang patients.

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Rape victimes will get 450
Write that in any Western press 100% of readers will believe it's a printing mistake !

450?  The article said B20,000 for rape victoms.  Maybe your converting to some other currency.

  I thing the B1690 from Patong hospital was a typo, maybe they meant B1,690,000

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Really, the attackers should pay. As far as I know, that is how Thai law works. There seems to be another law in place where there is a payout from the government that has been around for 12 years and most foreigners didn't use it in the past. It seems that the rise of crime and the cost of medical care scared someone to change the laws.

 

http://www.thailandlaw.org/thailand-personal-injury.html

http://www.thebigchilli.com/features/victim-of-a-crime-you-may-be-eligible-for-compensation

you are right of course but i doubt if these low life thugs with previous convictions could get even 5,000 Baht together. No tourist should have to pay their own medical costs for such horrendous assaults by members of the host country,it should be a matter of pride that the state takes over the costs.

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While I don't know that I agree with the private sector helping out drunks who get into fights, I do agree that it is good for business to help tourists that are victims of crimes and accidents while in Thailand. In Honolulu they have just such an organization that works with hospitals, hotels, airlines and law  enforcement to assist tourists in trouble. It is the right thing to do and it reduces or eliminates the bad press that a location might get if they do nothing to help.

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100,000 baht would only cover two days in Bangkok/Pattaya hospital.

 

It would cover 2 days in a private room with a western menu in an international hospital.  A bed on a ward in a state hospital costs nothing like that whether in Bangkok, Pattaya or anywhere else in Thailand.

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