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  1. There are no special clinics for this and in Bangkok most doctors work out of the outpatient clinics in hospitals. Stand-alone clinics are few and far between and often of questionable quality. As to doctor's attitudes, depends on the doctor, they are not all the same. This is a very good colorectal surgeon: http://www.bch.in.th/en/doctor-th-4/surgery/item/584-doc22.html https://www.bumrungrad.com/doctors/Chucheep-Sahakitrungruang (same doctor, 2 different hospitals. Bangkok Christian will be less expensive).
  2. Yes, free at the hospital where she is registered
  3. An individual can do it, yes. The agents tend to be location specific i.e. those who work in one province, do not in another. The local provincial dept of labor can usually provide contact i for for agents that cover that province; in some places the agents can be found hanging around the dept. Be warned that it is not inexpensive and it takes time. Took me 6 months and 20,000 baht just to legally hire one Cambodian. (That is for a 2 year work visa and work permit).
  4. Sorry, typo, should have said $30
  5. This crossing has a reputation for asking for payment in Thai baht (rounded up in their favor) and/or wanting additional payment. If you make it clear you know the correct price and insist on $30 and hold firm you will probably get through eventually but it may delay matters by as much as a few hours. Up to you if that is worth it.
  6. Contact ToT and see if their broadband extends to there. It is not great but it is often the best option for remote places. If not, another option is to use your mobile phone as a wifi hotspot, can do that with regular AIS or DTAC mobile service.
  7. Aspirin is still fully available. In many local brand names. Bayer brand aspirin is for some reason either out of stock or off the market here. go to a large Thai pharmacy (not the pharmacy counter of a Boots or Watsons) and ask for any of these brands: Aspirin BD 325 Seferin (enteric coated) Aspent (enteric coated) Entrarin (enteric coasted)
  8. No, there are several others just as expensive as Bumrungrad and Samitivej, and Sukhumvit usually costs less than these two. You should not choose the hospital but rather the doctor (which also means, definitely do not just walk in - you'll be directed to the least busy doctor and there is often a reason for that). This will mean going to different hospitals at times depending on what it is you need. In terms of cardiologists I recommend Prof. Thaworn Suithichaiyakul (also spelled Taworn). He is at Sukhumvit Hospital on I think Saturdays (their website is down at the moment) and used to be at Bangkok Christian Hospital but seems no longer there. He can also be seen through the after hours clinic at Chulalongkhorn Hospital, which is definitely the most economical means of getting top notch health care but involves some waits and inconveniences (starting wiht: have to go in person to make an appointment).
  9. First of all, the WBC differential (neutrophils, lymphocytes etc) is of no importance if the overall WBC is normal, so forget about that. The slight BUN elevation, assuming the creatnine was normal, suggests she was dehydrated when the test was done. The cholesterol profile could likely be improved through changes to diet, whether you can get her to do that is another matter. (More fish, vegetables; less fatty meats, less white rice or switch to brown rice, avoid sweets and junk food etc). Most important however is that the tests done are not relevant to her fainting episode and the reason for that remains unknown. as I said before, it makes more sense to have her evaluated for that than to undergo a general physical exam. A cardiologist would be the place to start.
  10. When this happens there is usually a clear reason, related to the terms of the policy. If you can advise what insurance policy you have (company, plan name, maximum coverage amount) I may be able to advise further. Stage 2 prostate cancer has a number of different treatment options. These in turn have different cost and time implications -- you should not make the treatment choice based on cost, but you do need to know the cost of the treatment and the time involves option you select, so deciding on this is a priority. You do nto mention where you were diagnosed, but in any case I recommend you take all your records to Dr. Viroj at Bumrungrad for a consultation to review the various treatment options and their pros and cons. By all records I mean, in the case of scans, the actual films (on CD or otherwise) and not just the written radiologist report. Unless your insurance coverage is high you would nto want to undergo treatment at Bumrungrad, but a consultation will not cost much and well worth it to pay for doing privately so that you have ample time with the doctor. https://www.bumrungrad.com/doctors/Viroj-Chodchoy By the way, chemo is not usual treatment for Stage 2 so something seems a little off there. See the following for good overviews of treatment options: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/treating/by-stage.html http://www.texasoncology.com/types-of-cancer/prostate-cancer/stage-ii-prostate-cancer And, the fact that you were told it is stage 2 should not be taken for granted but rather confirmed with a second opinion. If you do opt for treatment in Thailand my recommendation would be Chulalongkhorn Hospital in Bangkok over the Chonburi cancer hospital. You will not be admitted to the hospital in the US unless your condition requires hospitalization (in which case you'd have trouble withstanding the flight). Otherwise you would be treated as an outpatient except for surgery if you opt to have it, and even for that the admission would be very, very brief. So in the US you would need to be paying for housing as well as food, transport etc. Depending on your income level and assets, you might qualify for some sort of assistance, and that would vary greatly by state so this as well as living costs and proximity to a hospital with good cancer services (there are a number f them) would be factors to consider in deciding where to go, if you go back. Regardess, you should move on getting Medicare Part B - even if you decide to be treated in Thailand it will help expand your options for the future. There is a financial penalty levied for every year past age 65 you did not have Part B so waiting will increase the premium costs (for life) plus, as you have discovered, when you need it, it is not something that can be quickly arranged.
  11. Moved to general forum. The ladies forum is for women, not about them.
  12. Yes, exclusions apply to everything. Also note that repatriation under Thai-issued policies usually means repatriation to Thailand (in case you were travelling elsewhere) and not repatriation back to your home country. Thai-issued policies tend to be the worst in terms of exclusions, they will make sweeping assumptions based on the smallest things. International insurers tend to be better about this. Some will not exclude if the condition is well controlled, or will exclude only for a certain time period; still others will allow coverage for "acute exacerbations" of pre-existing conditions. So Iit pays to shop around. As it sounds like you have cover or NHS in your home country, look for expat policies issued out of your own country.
  13. Please do not post a picture nor name names, this would expose both you and TV Forum to prosecution under Thailand's defamation laws, which are quite draconian. For this injury, you needed not just an ortho surgeon but a hand specialist. There are some good ones in Thailand, including at some government hospitals (but tertiary ones liek Siriraj, not your average community hospital).
  14. Glad to hear it went well.
  15. Do as you like, but by any standard, 96/64 is not only a normal BP but a healthy one. Systolic 9-120 and diastolic 60 -80 are considered the ideal range. The cut off point for low BP is below 90/60, though some people -- usually ones who are very thin -- normally run in the 80's over 50's without problem. If you are experiencing dizziness, need to look for other causes as a BP in the range you mention will not cause dizziness except in someone who normally runs much higher.