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  1. Actually most of the reports have been from younger people but I don't think age had much to do with it. They all had multiple prior entries into Thailand in the past year, enough to raise suspicion that they were in fact living here rather than just visiting.
  2. Actually the whole idea behind the one day fast thing is to avoid the body going into conservation mode because the duration of the fast is so short. The metabolism definitely does slow way down after a few days of caloric restriction or fasting, but a single day, might not. I've been doing a variation of the intermittent fast - eat normally 2-3 days in a row then fast 1 day and eat normally again etc - and it seems to work well, weight loss is pretty much exactly what it should be at normal metabolic rate.
  3. I have no idea of the cost. None of these are small walk-in surgeries, that is not how outpatient care in Bangkok is structured...Doctors do not work out of their own clinics but rather out of outpatient clinics located within hospitals - gives them ready access to lab, Xray and other facilities as well as support staff so makes a lot of sense. These are all outpatient clinics within hospitals. Bangkok Christian Hospital usually does not require an appointment (but need to arrive early as first come, first serve and you have to register first ti get a patient number), the other 2 require appointments. Bangkok Christian is also likely to be the less expensive of the 3.
  4. As above - there appears to be no such thing as THI insurance, it is just a web site that links to various policies. You need to find out what company you actually have a policy with, and your policy number. Depending on who the insurer actually is, they may or may not have a direct billing arrangement with hospitals (and this may or may not include the hospital you plan to use). So that is the first thing to figure out. Secondly, most plans -- even in-patient only plans - would cover catarct surgery but you do need to be sure so you need to check the terms of your policy. Some might cover the surgery but not the lens cost. If it turns out your policy covers the procedure and your insurer has a direct payment arrangement with the hospital in question, then the hospital will usually take care of the pre-authorization for you, though you can also initiate it yourself bu calling the number that would be clearly indicated in your member handbook. It would be extremely unusual to have any problem getting a policy to pay for a procedure after having held the policy for 7 years with no claim. Most of the issues arise either because (1) the claim occurs very soon after taking out the policy and is related to a problem that by its nature takes years to develop or (2) the terms of the policy exclude some or all of the claim, and the insured person simply never read their own policy. It is not "standard operating procedure" for insurance companies to try to find a way not to pay, they pay the majority if claims without any issue at all. However, claims related to chronic conditions that are made soon after taking out a policy will always get extra scrutiny and may be contentious. Bear in min it is the claims they deny that end up being posted about, nobody starts a thread to say "I had X procedure done and insurance paid for it, no problem". And to be frank, an awful lot of expats in Thailand fail to take out health insurance until they develop health problems so they are in fact, from an insurance company point of view, trying to game the system. BTW a cataract needing surgery is not a new thing. It takes years for a cataract to get to the point that removal is necessary. But I think 7 years into a policy, there shouldn't be an issue.
  5. On the face, you definitely will want a plastic surgeon and that will cost more. This doctor at Bumrungrad is very good https://www.bumrungrad.com/doctors/Teerasit-Sripanidkulchai But if cost is a big concern, Yanhee Hospital would likely be less http://yanhee.net/find-a-doctor
  6. I have to agree with the above. Either that or he was new to his job and completely clueless. As she physically showed him the extension of stay and re-entry permit (which he anyway should have seen) I really doubt semantics were the issue. There have been many reports over the years of "rent-seeking" behavior by IOs at Sadao crossing and the Thai govt rwcentlt in effect acknowledged the problem thete, issuing them an order to stop collecying "tea money".
  7. Incidence goes up and down in different years. A more relevant factor is how likely you are to be bitten by a mosquito. Having had it 3 times I can assure you it is well worth not getting.
  8. Southeast Asians are less likely to get it when older for the simple reason that they will usually have already had all the strains by then. An older person who did not grow up in a dengue endemic country, on the other hand, can certainly get it. I think if you go to a doctor used to dealing with western populations no problem to get the vaccine even if you are over 45.
  9. The systolic pressure is naturally very labile and easily goes up and down especially in response to stress, anxiety, pain etc. as well as any physical straining.
  10. Agree with the above.
  11. That brand is not in Thailand. But you can get something (insulin aspart, fast-acting insulin ) under brand name NovoRapid
  12. Students enrolled fulltime in degree programs at Universities are usually viewed quite differently form those enrolled in Thai language schools and the like, the latter being widely viewed as a means of getting a visa. Since from the ED visa alone they will not know what school or program, possible you'll get some questions, but if so I think as soon as you produce acceptance letter showing it is a degree program at a university, you'll be fine. Also fact that you have been out of Thailand for the past10 months, and had only 2 short stays in 2016, will help. The people who have had problems have been essentially living here on strings of tourist visas and visa exemptions. Not your situation. (But wise to have all the paperwork you mentioned and cash, just in case).
  13. There aren't any locally made brands but there is one called Azadus which is made in India, should be much less expensive. Distributor is Kaspa Pharma Tel (+66) 2411 6114/7 Email sales@kaspapharma.com Another possibility is Imuprin brand, made by Remedia (Cyprus) likely cost more than the Indian brand but certainly less than Iumuran
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  15. As above. Go directly to an emergency room.