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  1. I think the poll asks the wrong question. The question is not is it justified - the question is, is it wise? Taking the geography and proximity of allied countries into account.
  2. podiatry clinic at bangkok hospital

    Could you share name of the doctor at Mission?
  3. podiatry clinic at bangkok hospital

    Thanks for that, I have been trying to find out where he went to! Do you happen to know if there is parking? That's a pretty congested part of town
  4. Super Malaria

    It requires a series of 3 injections. 9,450 baht at Medconsult asia, will be more at private hospitals. Reduces thel ieklihood of getting dengie by 60-65% and if you do get it, severity will be less
  5. Super Malaria

    By new strain they mean the existing malaria is in some cases no longer responding to the usual drugs. There is no change in the prevalence of malaria, it remains very, very low and limited to densely forested areas. There is a vaccine against dengue available now, it is not 100% but reduces the risk of infection by more than half. Available in Thailand.
  6. BUPA Thailand - Warning

    Again, if you have a list of exclusions like that it would be because of specific pre-existing conditions. Most policies issued do not list specific exclusions. There are many, many expat policies. Ones that will newly enroll people over the age of 65 and have direct billing arrangements with Thai hospitals include: Cigna Global AXA PPP Globaility Health (Essential Plan) A+ Asia ALC AXA Now Health Aetna But this list is by no means exhaustive. All of these provide good coverage but you would not describe any as "great cost", there are no good cheap health insurance policies. You can reduce premiums by accepting a deductible and/or copay. Without knowing what your various pre-exisitng conditions are I can't comment on what sort of exclusions you might face, though, as that is a something specific to you.
  7. Super Malaria

    Malaria in Thailand is limited to a few dense forested areas along the borders. there is no malaria transmission in villages or towns nor in >95% of the countryside. Hence no need for any measures. Dengue on the other hand is indeed everywhere and easily contacted. There have been many threads on that.
  8. BUPA Thailand - Warning

    It is not usual to have exclusions written into a policy, if companies are doing that with you it is because you have (or they think you have) a specific pre-existing condition(s). It is not necessary to get a Thai-issued policy to have insurance cover in Thailand. There are many western-issued policies specifically for expats, and a number of these have direct billing arrangements with Thai hospitals. These policies are much better value for the money than what you can get in Thailand, where the prospective pool of insured persons is very small due to Thai nationals all being covered under the government schemes. The foreign issued policies aren't cheap -- health insurance never is - but as I said, better value for money and also usually offer deductible and copay options that can lower premiums. (Be sure to set aside the maximum amount you might be out of pocket, of course, so that it is readily available if needed). If you do not in fact have any serious pre-exisitng conditions then the local insurers may be misinterpreting information on your application forms, they do this a lot and are in general very ill informed on medical matters. International insurers are far more medically sophisticated in their ability to determine from a medical history whether or not you are in fact higher than average risk, and more rational in how they treat pre-existing problems. You'll still face exclusions if you, for example, have a previous cancer diagnosis or heart disease, but you won't face some of the absurd misintepretations or draconian knee-jerk responses I have seen happen with local insurers.
  9. Hip Replacment

    As mentioned I very much doubt the provinicial hospital can do this. Army hospital a good bet, if you can locate a surgeon there with expereience (do not hestitate to ask how many procedures a doctor has done) Plenty of options in Bangkok but will all cost more than the army hospital in Lopburi will.
  10. liposuction...where best to get it ?

    Potential risks include: inadvertant puncture of the abdominal cavity and/or one of the abdominal organs (with resulting shock, possible peritonitis - rare with an experienced competent surgeon but not impossible) toxic reaction to the lidocaine solution which is injected liberally during the procedure Fat emboli or blood clot (rare but very, very serious/life threatening) complications for the anesthesia (it is done under general anesthesia or deep IV sedation) - respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, severe allergic reaction
  11. epilepsy and medications

    Zonegran and Vimpat are available here but only as an expensive imports. They are controlled drug which means it can only be gotten on prescription from pharmacies which meet certain criteria, which in Thailand usually means from a hospital, and a hospital will require that it be presecribed by one of their doctors, further adding to the cost. In addition, private hospitals substantially mark up drug prices (as much as 5 fold) and I am not sure that government hospitals would carry these drugs. Carbamazepine as available both as tegretol (import, expensive) and several locally made brands (inexpensive). Unlike the other two meds, it can be purchased over the counter and any large pharmacy will have it. You are allowed to bring a 30 day supply of prescription medications with you for personal use when you enter Thailand , and I suggest you do that for at least the Vimpat and Zonegran as obtaining them here will be time consuming and expensive. While the official limit is 30 day supply they are not strict on that as long as amounts look consistent with personal use, so if there is a chance you might stay more than 1 month, suggest bringing more accordingly.
  12. Are caffeine pills illegal in Thailand?

    Caffeine is not an illegal substance in Thailand, but there are no brands of caffeine-only pills registered with the Thai FDA for sale here (there are drugs registered that contain caffeine combined with other ingrediants, mainly migraine remedies). The ones being sold on Lazada are apparently marketed as a food supplement, which gets around the FDA registration requirement. I think one is legally safe in buying them but should be sure ti be well informed of the hazards if taking it in large doses.
  13. Hip Replacment

    Many TV members have had hip replacements here, at a variety of different hospitals. Suggest you do a google search of "hip replacement + site:thaivisa.com". The procedure is not unusual in Thailand. But you want to make sure you have a surgeon with ample experience in it. A government provinicial hospital would usually not do this, I would be surprised if available there, and more than a little concerned about the level of experience/expertise if it is. If you want to have this done in Lopburi I would suggest the Army hospital instead. Cost is the same.
  14. Medical Costs for Thai Nationals

    It covers injuries. It covers all medical problems. The issue with motor vehicle accidents is that the driver's insurance should pay.
  15. It will depend on your plan. Any plan that includes OPD will cover it. I know Platinum In-patient only also covers it. ill need pre-approval and it will have to be ordered by a doctor. Other BUPA in-patient plans, not sure, look at your policy documents.