Dual-pricing for foreigners now legal at Thai public hospitals

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Dual-pricing for foreigners now legal at Thai public hospitals

Post by phuketrichard » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:04 pm

Thailand finds way to fuck Farangs .........(again) :evil:
Health officials have instructed administrators at Thailand’s state hospitals to begin implementing a new rate structure that significantly raises prices for non-citizens.
Under the new rules that came into effect this week, public hospitals are to charge patients at essentially four different tiers based on their legal status: Thai nationals, citizens of neighboring countries and working foreigners on non-immigrant visas. The fourth group consists of tourists and retirees.

While foreigners from other ASEAN nations will pay the same rates as Thai nationals, they increase significantly for the third group – which includes most expats – while retirees and tourists pay much more, often double.
a detailed breakdown of fees showed things like a simple antibody screening, which would cost Thais and ASEAN residents THB130, will now cost expats THB190. Retirees and tourists would pay double – THB260

The new rules introduced the kind of dual-pricing for foreigners that has been a source of complaints over the years when it happened illicitly. Now, it’s the law.
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Post by Username Taken » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:20 pm

With the economy in a mess they may as well lay the boots into medical tourism as well.
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Re: Dual-pricing for foreigners now legal at Thai public hospitals

Post by Alex » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:31 pm

No foreigner in their right mind would set foot in most (there are some notable exceptions) Thai public hospitals anyway. Private hospitals, on the other hand, have always been overcharging foreigners as much as they could get away with.

My take on this: Make sure you have excellent insurance and let your insurance company deal with the crooks who do the invoicing at Thai hospitals. They can out-crook each other all day long as far as I'm concerned.
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Post by Doc67 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:28 pm

Imagine our beloved state healthcare systems trying that on with foreigners? The cries of racism would be deafening.

New policy to be considered; we should treat all foreign nationals precisely how their countries treat our citizens. (except Visa's, or we'll be overrun by foreigners!)
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Post by pczz » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:01 pm

Doc67 wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:28 pm
Imagine our beloved state healthcare systems trying that on with foreigners? The cries of racism would be deafening.

New policy to be considered; we should treat all foreign nationals precisely how their countries treat our citizens. (except Visa's, or we'll be overrun by foreigners!)
They already do. Non EU citizens coming to work in the uk have to pay £600 up front when they get their visa. You pay more in almost every western country if you are not in the local health insurance scheme. For example you need your health card to get subsisized medicines in most EU countries which gets you anything up to 75% off the sticker price. Bizzarely my meds in the EU with an EHIC card cost me less than the prescriptioncharges in the UK :-(
Even at 100% premium treatment in Thailand is cheap. I paid thb1200 for sking treatment at St louisin bangkok, Bumrungrad quoted THB 15000 for the same treatment, which was still half what it would hve cost to go private in the UK
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Post by Sir Stephen » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:11 pm

Who keep the difference in price? The hospital or the government? :please:
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Post by ExPenhMan » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:40 pm

This is a 9-month-old story.

Nevertheless, a medical fee is a medical fee in a for-profit hospital and is not elastic, except in Thailand, where the colour of your skin determines your bill. This must be why they're allowing medical tourists into the country first.
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Post by Cowshed Cowboy » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:28 pm

ExPenhMan wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:40 pm
This is a 9-month-old story.

Nevertheless, a medical fee is a medical fee in a for-profit hospital and is not elastic, except in Thailand, where the colour of your skin determines your bill. This must be why they're allowing medical tourists into the country first.
Exactly, and I would hazard a guess that a significant number of those allowed in under the medical tourism exemption will be from the Middle East, which is a bit of a bummer considering those countries seem to be the biggest concentration of Covid infection amongst returning overseas Thais. I met a friend for lunch today who had been for his regular check up at Bangkok Pattaya and he said the place was empty.
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Post by Yerg » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:02 am

pczz wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:01 pm
Doc67 wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:28 pm
Imagine our beloved state healthcare systems trying that on with foreigners? The cries of racism would be deafening.

New policy to be considered; we should treat all foreign nationals precisely how their countries treat our citizens. (except Visa's, or we'll be overrun by foreigners!)
They already do. Non EU citizens coming to work in the uk have to pay £600 up front when they get their visa.
That’s a little misleading PC. And not, I’m sure, the crux of Doc’s point.

Yes, the legal visa-holders who abide by the process, pay the £600.

Let’s now discuss the legions of health tourists, illegals, asylum-seekers et al. I think these are who Doc was referring to.

His comment was to “treat all foreign nationals”, not those that come on a visa and pay their £600.

In much the same way that as a barang tourist in PP, I’d be expected to pay my own way.
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