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Koh Phangan hospital backtracks after pregnant English tourist is unable to pay medical bill

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Koh Phangan hospital backtracks after pregnant English tourist is unable to pay medical bill

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Image: Workpoint News via Sanook

 

A private hospital on Koh Phangan backtracked on a 100,000 baht hospital bill after initially taking an English woman's passport because she could not pay.

 

Following the full moon party an English woman tourist had been admitted to the hospital with blood coming from her uterus. She was three months pregnant and was further suffering from fainting fits.

 

With friends she explained that she had very little money after being in Thailand for a month but she did have travel insurance.

 

The hospital admitted her then transferred her to a sister hospital on Koh Samui.

 

When a bill for 103,319 baht was presented to her it was realized that the policy did not cover pregnant women. She had no money to pay and the hospital took her passport and threatened her with legal action.

 

This happened before she was due to fly home on Sunday and she was unable to leave. Friends helped her come up with just 20,000 baht for the treatment after negotiations with the hospital.

 

Thai friends of the English woman went to the tourist police and reporters from Workpoint News got involved, reported sanook.com.

 

When this happened the hospital immediately backtracked, returned the passport and even returned her money.

 

No quotes or further information from the hospital was reported in the Sanook.com article.

 

Source: http://news.sanook.com/2123094/

 

 
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1 hour ago, Strange said:

 

Never, EVER, give up that passport. 

 

Single most important thing to a foreigner here in Thailand, second is bug-out cash and credit cards. They get you by the balls (or uterus).

 

Also its a real chickenshit maneuver/probably illegal to take someones only travel document and hold it hostage. Let alone its wasn't even an official person, just hospital people. Pretty pathetic on the hospital and infuriating just reading it. 

 

As for the rest of the topic, well, Full Moon Party, 3 months pregnant, no money..... 

 

Taking the passport or not is irrelevant.  Try leaving a hotel with any amount due whether true or not, and watch how fast the old security guard tries to stop you and if you resist some cops show up pretty quickly.  You won't make it down the street or to the airport. 

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First of all nobody as third party has the right to withold your passport as it still belongs rented service to you by Gov.

Read last page....secondly if you have a travel Insurance read the small print...exclusion of treatment...thirdly Hospital can claim fee from patient after policy not cover you.And last then it becomes a legal case between 2 parties with regards to payment.

Passport can only be claim by authorities such Police by criminal cases ....not pay is a civil case afterall.

Anybody whom give a passport aka motorbike rental is aswell in the wrong as you not entitle to hand over your passport to a third party ..read your own GOV law.

Despite practise is here by doing so but it is wrong if you go along with it by giving your passport instead of copy ...and if you do so than you legally spoken negligence your own International Law rights yourself.

Hospital here loosing a large amount every year because no insurance or policy is not known by themselves ....so if you do not have coverage in any event whom is to blame.

But Hospital practice withold passport is a violation under the International Law ..as claims admin is not a state police and prostecuter this is the court.

You need to know at least a little of your Law rights and duties.

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