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  1. Legislation was enacted a year or two ago requiring private hospitals to accept "30 baht" and SS cases in emergencies and provide care for up to 72 hours or until they are stable enough to be transferred, without charge to the patient (the private hospitals receive a reimbursement from the HMSO or SS for doing so, but of course at a level far below their usual rates). They have, however, blatantly ignored this rule and continue to either dun patients/families to pay the private hospital rate or, if the poatient/family can't pay, then refuse to treat the patient. About time something was done. Too bad it took a death to make it happen.
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    Diazepam in Pattaya

    Unfortunately this sterotyope exists and there is reason for it, there are foreigners who come to Thailand and engage in "recreational" drug seeking from hospitals and pharmacies -- so much so that many pharmacy staff stiffen and go on the defensive at the very sight of a foreigner coming in as they assume you'll be wanting a controlled substance. I've had pharmacy staff tell me "hospital only" before I even told them what the (innocuous, OTC) drug was I wanted to buy....because in their minds "all" farangs are after controlled substances. Very, very annoying, but there it is.
  3. This is true. She would have to apply as a Swiss citizen. I am assuming she has dual nationality. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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    HIV scare

    As this thread keeps going off topic it is now closed. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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    general practitionor

    Thanks, this is good to know. She is still there. Actually she is a rheumatologist but apparently from what yo usaw also sees general internal medicine cases https://www.bangkokhospital.com/huahin/index.php/en/find-a-doctor
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    Health Insurance in Isaan

    It is not that insurance doesn't cover government hospitals - they all do. It is that they do nto have direct payment arrangements with the government hospitals i.e. you have to pay first and get reimbursed. This is because the hospitals do not have the necessary staff and administrative capacity to set this up and meet the paperwork requirements (and little reason to invest in it since so few of their cases are paid for by private insurance).
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    Food poisoning or bug?

    Nothing to do with the stomach being weak. Has to do with having antibodies to common viruses, Thais wil have acquired immunity while growing up here.
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    MRI Scan

    If she is Thai she is eligible for free care (in and out patient) at the government hospital which covers the location where she is listed in a tabian ban. This might be why she switched to Banglamung. 10,500 is what a knee MRI would likely cost at private imaging center.
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    MRI Scan

    Let me know. Could be they are referring her to an imaging center for it - if she is covered under the 30 baht scheme that would explain why she has to pay what sounds like a private price.
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    Food poisoning or bug?

    That is different then, I thought all had the same time of onset. Different times of onset ---> could be a virus.
  11. Tabien Ban listing CAN be changed. It necessitates a trip to the amphur office of both the old and new place of residence but definitely can be done and should be. I suggest you not rent from a landlird unwilling to cooperate in this. It is not necessary to change if you move unless yoy move to an area covered by a different hospital that you prefer. Insurance policies in Thailand and internationally issued expat policies do not differentiate based on "first" treatment or after treatment. I have never heard of a policy that does that. They differentiate by inoatient and outpatient. Some policies, for example April My Health International, will cover outpatient visits related to a hospitalization if within say 30 days in an otherwise inpatient only policy. As explained selecting inpatient plus outpatient coverage is extremely expensive and the additional annual cost will be much more than likely cost if self pay for outpatient care. Being in good health will affect whether she can get a policy and whether it would contain any exclusions. It does not affect premiums. Insurance operates on the basis of risk pooling. The main factor in premium cost is age, and premiuns rise steadily as one gets older with especially steep increases after age 60/65. An internationally issued hospitalization only policy for a 39 year old will cost around 25 - 40,000 a year depending on policy. That will rise to 65-100k by age 60. Thai issued policies with adequate levels of cover are NOT less expensive, and often contain undesirable provisions. The health insurance market in Thailand is very small due to the universal coverage system for Thai citizens. There are less expensive Thai issued policies but with such low caps on benefits as to be not worth having IMO. Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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    MRI Scan

    I very, very much doubt it, that level of hospital almost never does. In the government system you will find MRIs mainly in regional level and teaching hospitals, occasionally at a provincial hospital. Not ata community hospital like Banglamung. And, even where there is an MRI machine, most patients end up paying out of pocket to go to a private imaging center as the wait list is very, very long. AFAIK in Pattaya itself the only hospital with an MRI is BPH. See https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1018447-mri-scan-options-for-pattaya-resident/ https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1040196-best-bang-for-buck-mri-scan-pattaya/
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    Food poisoning or bug?

    Sounds like food poisoning. What did you all eat before this happened?
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    Diazepam in Pattaya

    If a doctor there agrees to prescribe it, you should be able to get at any hospital. I'd try Pattaya International Hospital first, will need to see an ortho specialist there https://www.pattayainterhospital.com/allstars.php?Page=1 If you get copies of your records from BPH and bring along it will help. Basically the only problem you face is being suspected of drug seeking for recreational purposes. Records documenting your condition and showing infrequent use will help.
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    Methadone Pills Into Thailand - Please Help

    Do NOT follow this advice, could get you in serious trouble. Methadone is a class II narcotic in Thailand and requires a permit from the Thai FDA to bring in (IC2). I don't know why your doctor would presume to know Thai law on this, but he is wrong. Getting the permit is not difficult and people who have done it report getting very prompt response. Follow the steps outlined here http://permitfortraveler.fda.moph.go.th/ (Click on Guidance for travellers...) I also suggest while in Thailand you keep doctor's letter with you just in case.