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  1. Just an update on this. I did not try for compensation from India. I have returned to the UK and seen a Urology Consultant. He is from India working here, and said up to 60% of implants fitted in India get bacterial infections! He is putting me through the NHS to repair the damage caused by the infection. It will take several operations, and at the end an implant has to be fitted again as no natural feeling can return now. I saw the consultant privately and am lucky he is putting me through the NHS here, at the top hospital for this type of repair surgery in the UK. Looking back, Bumrangrad Hospital did penile implants, and having spent almost all of last June in Bumrangrad, their standards of hygiene were first class. They were about 60% more expensive on penile implants than India, but obviously in the long run, would have been a cheaper and far better choice, than India was for me.
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    Hospital bills.

    For the record, I am not Thai hospital bashing. But people visiting or living in Thailand should have full health insurance, or decent travel insurance. Care at Bumrangrad Hospital is excellent.
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    Hospital bills.

    Just to say my ulcer as Sheryl pointed out, was not caused by H.pylori. Also the first bleed was massive, the toilet bowl was just full of blood! (sorry for that thought!) They said at Bumrangrad Hospital that the bleed was from an artery behind the ulcer. The second bleed saw me back in intensive care straight away, luckily I was still in the hospital. The bleeding was as bad, very embarrassing indeed in the hospital bed! I am lucky to have survived I know. As for warnings of what was to happen, I never had any really, except some indigestion now and again.
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    Hospital bills.

    Another update. My last post was 22nd June. On the 23rd, as the hospital tried to get me back on warfarin, the ulcer had another major bleed. I was in Bumrangrad until the 2nd July as they dealt with this ulcer again, and the whole stay cleared me out of virtually all my saved money. I had to insist on leaving the hospital as my money was on its last legs, and returned to the UK on July 4th. Luckily I made it without furthur problems and am in the care of the NHS. The clinic here still hasn’t sorted out my warfarin dose proving how difficult it was for Bumrangrad Hospital. The NHS are going to deal with the ravages of my bacterial infection but that will take many operations and about a year. I hope to return to Thailand for two or three months per visit from the end of next year, but, with top quality travel insurance! My total hospital bill topped three million baht in the end, but at least I am alive to tell the tale.
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    Hospital bills.

    As an update, I did indeed have a bacterial infection earlier this month and ended up in Bumrangrad Hospital. This was cleared up with very good care and the cost with no ICU, quite affordable. Sadly, with my trip home booked for last Saturday, I fell very ill the day before on the 15th. I had severe bleeding from a stomach ulcer and actually collapsed with low blood pressure and loss of blood. I was 50km from Bangkok but the local hospital rushed me back to Bumrangrad where there is no doubt they saved my life. They used 14 units of plasma and did surgery to stop the bleeding from at least two ulcers. This ill health was out of the blue, and I never dreamt that I would need hospital so much and it had a great impact on my saved money. I insisted on coming out of ICU to a ward and am now very much better. There is only a 5% chance of fresh bleeding, and my kidneys which stopped working are up to 50%, and I will be leaving soon. I have enough money to pay this bill, although it is very high. Medical bills have cost me nearly three million baht this month, and although twice saved from life threatening situations, it shows the money you need to put aside for emergencies if you have no, or are unable to get, medical insurance. I must say you have to seperate the excellent quality of care from the doctors and nurses at Bumrangrad to the cashier demanding the money! I just pray no more medical emergencies around the corner for me here in Thailand.
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    Hospital bills.

    Hi, I am in a Bangkok Hospital and have spent five days in ICU. Now I am going to a ward, but the cost so far is staggering! I am self funding and could run out of money soon. What happens then? And if you are not made well, how can one get back to your home country ever? Thanks.
  7. I had three piece AMS penile implant fitted in the Blie Ribbon Clinic in India two weeks ago. The overall cost about 410,000 baht. Sadly as arrived back in Bangkok, it had got infected and am spending nearly double that having the device removed and fighting the bacterial infectionthat had taken hold! It has been a total disaster all round. If I could only turn the clock back.....
  8. I have to have a surgical procedure and in getting quotes, found Thailand more expensive than India. However as I live in Thailand, would prefer to have operation here than India. But is the quality of surgeons say at Bumrangrad Hospital, equal to hospitals in India.