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Phuket hospital hits back over UK claims they put money first after tourist's motorbike accident

 

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PHUKET: -- The hospital in Phuket that is treating UK resident Jake Tobin has hit back at claims from his mother printed in the UK press that they refused treatment until payment was guaranteed.

 

And in a further development in the case the insurance company has explained in detail why they have refused to cover the costs of his "reckless behavior".

 

TNews reported yesterday that the family of Jake, 23, have raised 766,000 baht of a 1,120,000 baht target. Some 616 people have so far contributed to a crowd funding appeal.

 

Jake was riding pillion on Sunday when he came off a bike. The insurance company say it was a collision with an oncoming vehicle while the local information, according to the hospital, was that they were rear ended by a minivan.

 

Jake suffered head and brain trauma and a broken right leg.

 

Dr Dun Damrongsak the director of Sirirot Phuket Hospital confirmed that Mr Tobin entered the hospital on Monday 8th May.

 

He said in a statement: "We did not refuse treatment to Mr Tobin at all. We gave him all the help and assistance we could. He is now recovering and getting better by the day. We put our patients first not concerns over money".

 

Dr Dun said that as soon as Jake was admitted he was assessed and X-Rayed. Two teams of doctors then began his treatment. He was in a one hour 20 minute surgery as soon as the assessment of his injuries was complete.

 

He said that by Wednesday Jake was showing signs of improvement and he continues to progress well under the hospital's care.

 

Dr Dun said that when he was admitted they contacted the insurance company who told them they would not cover his accident. This was immediately communicated to the family.

 

His mother Jane, 62, had complained to the Manchester Evening News that her son was "left for dead" in Thailand and that the hospital concerned refused treatment until payment was guaranteed.

 

The insurance company Insureandgo said they would not pay even though they were "genuinely sorry" to hear about the accident which was Jake's second on a bike in less than three weeks.

 

In an online statement they said: "The reason Jake's claim has been declined is because, based on previous events, we considered him to have demonstrated reckless behaviour.

 

"This was Jake's second road traffic accident in less than three weeks. The first claim, submitted on the 26th April, has already been approved. However, Jake's decision to climb onto another moped just five days after undergoing major surgery on his injured arm was considered to be reckless behaviour by our assistance team, which means he does not qualify for cover in this case.

 

"With Jake's arm in a back slab, he wouldn't have been able to safely secure himself to the moped or the driver - he also risked exacerbating his existing injuries".

 

Source: TNews

 
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So his travel insurance did cover traveling by motor bike, but only once a year it seems. To my mind riding pillion with a broken arm in plaster is not "reckless".

70% of the traffic accident victims leaving the hospital do so by bike. It is absolutely normal here. Many have no other way of getting home.

I hope the insurance companies miserable argument is seen for what it is, and others spend their money with a firm who can be trusted.

 

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should this not be on the insurance of the dricer of the van????

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i personally never use more than one hand when riding pillion.. how would i catch pokemon if i was using both?!

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12 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

So his travel insurance did cover traveling by motor bike, but only once a year it seems. To my mind riding pillion with a broken arm in plaster is not "reckless".

70% of the traffic accident victims leaving the hospital do so by bike. It is absolutely normal here. Many have no other way of getting home.

I hope the insurance companies miserable argument is seen for what it is, and others spend their money with a firm who can be trusted.

 

I think your argument that 70% of accident victims here leaving hospital on a bike is non relevant. He was a tourist on travel insurance not a local on the family conveyance.

The second accident was 3 weeks later and I can see the insurance company's reasoning that riding pillion with one arm in a sling could be foolhardy.

I'm not necessarily agreeing the company made the right decision, I do think the smaller cheaper ones sometimes seize any excuse to reject claims. Also the conflicting versions of the accident is concerning.

The mother telling lies about the level of hospital treatment to bolster funding efforts is lamentable. Some readers may be aware there is a government funding initiative now in place which requires hospitals to give free emergency treatment in circumstances like this.

 

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976378-72-hour-emergency-treatment-for-free-at-any-hospital/

 

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31 minutes ago, retell said:

should this not be on the insurance of the dricer of the van????

It doesnt work that way in Thailand. You should know that :)

 

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2 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

I think your argument that 70% of accident victims here leaving hospital on a bike is non relevant. He was a tourist on travel insurance not a local on the family conveyance.

The second accident was 3 weeks later and I can see the insurance company's reasoning that riding pillion with one arm in a sling could be foolhardy.

I'm not necessarily agreeing the company made the right decision, I do think the smaller cheaper ones sometimes seize any excuse to reject claims. Also the conflicting versions of the accident is concerning.

The mother telling lies about the level of hospital treatment to bolster funding efforts is lamentable. Some readers may be aware there is a government funding initiative now in place which requires hospitals to give free emergency treatment in circumstances like this.

 

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976378-72-hour-emergency-treatment-for-free-at-any-hospital/

 

I agree with you about the mother, and you are correct, the first 72 hours is supposed to be free anywhere.

Two accidents in 3 weeks is very bad luck, though this one can't be blamed on him, regardless of how the first one happened.

My point however was that a bike is the sole means of transport for a vast number of the population. Whether a local or a tourist. this is how people get around here.

The travel insurance was for a trip to Thailand and the insurance company must have been aware of this.

The situation in the UK is obviously very different and most people have  a car.

Where I live, I can find a motor bike taxi easy enough, but an actual taxi is not likely. And I like many others try not to use the taxis anyway, as I don't like bad manners, bad driving and being overcharged.

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Try and get treated in the US or the UK after an accident ......

of course they want to confirm how the treatment is going to be paid ..... they are a business not a charity.

 

As for his insurance ....  inclusions and exclusions will be documented in the policy I would assume,  either he is covered or he is not ...  so if it only covers an accident on a motorbike once in a year and if that is in the fine print then thats it .....  you cannot argue if it's in back and white. The problem is not all the truth is told such as what is jake saying happened ? and what really happened ?   what has he told his family happened   ?

 

I am in no way defending the insurance company as I have little sympathy for the m .... just saying how it is.

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7 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

Where I live, I can find a motor bike taxi easy enough, but an actual taxi is not likely. And I like many others try not to use the taxis anyway, as I don't like bad manners, bad driving and being overcharged.

 

Again, not relevant. You posted on the first thread where it was clearly stated he was on a friends bike.

Was that bike rented, was his friend also a tourist, was he an experienced rider or was it a couple of silly kids on holiday hooning around? What are the true facts of the accident?

I dislike Insurance Companies as much as any one, but two motorbike accidents, in 3 weeks when still trussed up from the first one, would raise concerns anytime.

 

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Well heres my bit.

When i was taken to Khonkaen hospital after my accident, the first question my wife was asked was how is he going to pay.

My wifes answer was, he is covered by my civil service health insurance, so no problem, i received the best possible treatment.

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58 minutes ago, retell said:

should this not be on the insurance of the dricer of the van????

Thats if there one of the few that have insurance !

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35 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

I think your argument that 70% of accident victims here leaving hospital on a bike is non relevant. He was a tourist on travel insurance not a local on the family conveyance.

The second accident was 3 weeks later and I can see the insurance company's reasoning that riding pillion with one arm in a sling could be foolhardy.

I'm not necessarily agreeing the company made the right decision, I do think the smaller cheaper ones sometimes seize any excuse to reject claims. Also the conflicting versions of the accident is concerning.

The mother telling lies about the level of hospital treatment to bolster funding efforts is lamentable. Some readers may be aware there is a government funding initiative now in place which requires hospitals to give free emergency treatment in circumstances like this.

 

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976378-72-hour-emergency-treatment-for-free-at-any-hospital/

 

That 'free emergency treatment' does not cover foreigners.

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I also was asked about whos paying before an operation ! As for insurance companies as it can be seen they are not in the buisness of paying out and thats the world all over !

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1 minute ago, stevenl said:

That 'free emergency treatment' does not cover foreigners.

Thanks Steven, my error.

 

Moving away slightly from this specific case.

I've travelled extensively, always purchased travel insurance at an ever increasing cost, yet have never made a claim.  I do resent the fact that I pay extra to cover careless idiots.

I've also paid huge  premiums for car, house and contents insurance for much of my life. Premiums that are greatly inflated to enable payouts to people who build in forests that are bushfire prone or on river flood plains.

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32 minutes ago, steven100 said:

Try and get treated in the US or the UK after an accident ......

of course they want to confirm how the treatment is going to be paid ..... they are a business not a charity.

 

As for his insurance ....  inclusions and exclusions will be documented in the policy I would assume,  either he is covered or he is not ...  so if it only covers an accident on a motorbike once in a year and if that is in the fine print then thats it .....  you cannot argue if it's in back and white. The problem is not all the truth is told such as what is jake saying happened ? and what really happened ?   what has he told his family happened   ?

 

I am in no way defending the insurance company as I have little sympathy for the m .... just saying how it is.

When I was responsible for care of my elderly mom, at each hospital admission after providing insurance info, I had to sign a statement saying I would cover anything over and above insurance or they would  not admit her, they would provide emergency care but no admission unless I signed. This was in the US. If hospitals treated everyone for free, there would be no hospitals to treat anyone. Jake was not a taxpayer in Thailand so why would Mum expect free treatment ?

 

 

In fact at Samitivej Hospital in BKK, they will actually come into your room to settle payment if you cannot make it to the billing desk...555

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