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Uninsured Brit in Phuket moped accident has left her parents with £35,000 credit card debts
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PHUKET: -- 24-year old Natasha Hutchinson was enjoying a 6 month holiday backpacking around Thailand when she was caught up in a horrific moped accident in Phuket at the end of December, leaving her with serious leg injuries.

Forgetting to take out travel insurance prior to her trip, her medical bills and associated costs have seen her parents take on £35,000 (฿1.8 million) worth of credit card debt in order to meet her bills and get her back to the UK, reports the Daily Mail.

Natasha, an accountancy graduate from Maesteg, Wales, was left with a broken femur, a smashed kneecap, septicaemia and extensive blood and skin loss after the moped she was riding on the back of was hit by a truck driver.

While Thai doctors signed Natasha off as fit to fly back to the UK last week, she has been warned that she may not walk again for another 9 months and she is currently in a wheelchair as her injuries heal.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” described her mother, Michelle Lucas.

“Natasha’s completely devastated. She set out for the adventure of a lifetime, and ended up nearly losing her leg thousands of miles from home. It’s so dangerous – Brits go to Thailand and think nothing of jumping on mopeds and doing things they’d never do at home.”

Full story: http://whatsonsukhumvit.com/uninsured-brit-in-phuket-moped-accident-has-left-her-parents-with-35000-credit-card-debts/

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Too bad she had the accident....hope she fully recovers and soon. But she "didn't forget" to get insurance....she just didn't want to pay for insurance. Too many young people always feel indestructible/think it will not happen to me.

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It’s so dangerous – Brits go to Thailand and think nothing of jumping on mopeds and doing things they’d never do at home.”

So why are they so stupid (not just Brits but also other nationalities) ?

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Parents of gap year students should wise up and purchase insurance for their offspring as a pre preemptive strike.

(An annual policy inc motorbikes & adventure sports being much cheaper than graphically highlighted in this example!)

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So what hospital was she sent to to rack up a 1.8M debt...even if it includes the flight back, it's very expensive. Private hospital?

For sure all farangs go immediately to a private hospital - and yes it's very expensive. Friend on mine racked up more than 200,000 baht for 3 days in ICU at Phuket International Hospital.

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So what hospital was she sent to to rack up a 1.8M debt...even if it includes the flight back, it's very expensive. Private hospital?

Accident happened late December, going home now.

Approx. 40 days in hospital with surgeries, would add up.

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" Forgetting to take out travel insurance prior to her trip '..... No, not forgetting, wanting to save

a $100 or thinking that, nothing will happened TO ME... what an expensive trip it turned out

to be.. would anyone learn anything from it? I doubt it very much.....

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Was the Thai or farang at fault ? Dont Thais have insurance ?( stupid question)

Farang has to pay here in Thailand thats why every tourist must have insurance.

If a farang injured a Thai all hell would break loose. Passport seized. Pay now even though most medical care is free for Thais.!

If youre not insured youre far better off in a public hospital expecially here in Bangkok.

I had an operation plus medical care over 5 days.....20,000 baht.

Private hospitals in Thailand will fleece you blind.

There is no way her injuries -being serious as they are- would cost 1.8m baht.

In Bangkok maybe 100-200,000 baht. Thais free.

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The problem is the tourists... not Thailand.

Insurance? No.

Experience of riding? No

Protective gear? No.

Riding in an unsafe manner? Yes.

It's clear to see who is at fault.

It's not quite as black & white as that... Of course everyone should have insurance... However, someone having no protective gear or little experience doesn't place them at fault.

How do you know she was on the back of a bike being ridden in an unsafe manner?

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