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  1. That’s the most plausible explanation, however, bolting makes the situation worse for him. She lay there, severely injured and in agonising pain, alive for many hours. If he had rendered assistance she may still be alive. He’ll be caught and will regret his actions for the rest of his life.
  2. What happened to The Coffee Club ?

    Also now closed, or in the orocess of doing so, is the small Coffee Club branch at Took Com. It always had a few people there, but McD’s just opened next door. Wouldn’thave thought they would be competing really. Must be a major rethink for the Minor Group company who own Coffee Club (pun intended)
  3. That’s exactly the right attitude, an opportunity to use a portion of some of the best real estate in town to watch, relax, read a book, whatever. Sure, the coffee is average st best, but it’s the experience they are selling !
  4. Medical Costs for Thai Nationals

    that seems odd, I wonder why traffic accidents are not included ?
  5. Medical Costs for Thai Nationals

    Thank you Sheryl, excellent reply, really covers every question I had about Thai medical care for locals :)
  6. I am trying to understand the way that medical costs for emergency treatment are charged to ordinary (as in wages) Thai nationals. I have had conflicting advice on this, so I thought I would ask the TV community. I know in days gone by that medical costs were very low due to high government subsidy levels. I think that 30 baht was all that was required from the patient some years ago. I am told this is no longer in place, and Thai's must now pay for their medical treatment. My question is how much are Thai's expected to pay in the case of emergency treatment. A friend was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was told she needed 4 days overnight hospital stay. She told them she couldn't afford it, so they gave her a bag of drugs, told her to go home and take care. She has no insurance and works full time in a store, earning around 9,500 THB per month. Her bill for the drugs, and other services (X rays, Dr consultation, use of oxygen) while she was at the hospital (Samrong Hospital) for a day (but not overnight) was just over 4,500 THB. If she deteriorates and requires admission, what is her position regarding payment that she clearly cannot afford. In such circumstances, do they just treat her and require payment over time ? This situation must be a daily occurrence and I am curious as to the approach taken by the hospitals - hope someone has the answer :) Farang to the rescue is one obvious answer, but not all Thai's have that luxury.
  7. Actually, this is all aimed at Lo-So's - as in, get out, Thailand doesn't need or want you.
  8. Unless this replaces the current retirement visa requirements, there appears to be no advantage and some downsides. I would expect that it will replace the current arrangements, perhaps phased in, over time. The insurance requirement will address what is a real problem of older, sick foreigners with little financial resources using the Thai hospital system and being unable to pay for their care.
  9. Hi Agusts, This potential problem crossed my mind also. When I went to the office for the DNA testing facility to pick up the test kit, they asked for the contact details of the mother which I declined to provide for this very reason. The test, if it proceeds, will be conducted in a lab in the USA. The mother at this stage, has not given consent to a test, citing her worry of causing the child any pain. The test, is of course, totally painless, a few cotton bud swabs around the inner area of the mouth, so perhaps I have my answer as to whether or not I am the father.
  10. thanks everyone for your responses. I will soon go upcountry with a DNA kit to do the necessary swabs, providing I can get the mother's permission to do this. If she doesn't agree, then I will take that as a result in itself. (ie negative) Until the results are in, there is not much point speculating any further.
  11. I live in this soi 15 condo and have ben fingerprinted as well. At first, I thought it rather strange and over the top, but given the amount of Air BNB movement in this condo recently, I hope this will stamp it out. If so, all good as far as I am concerned. My dealings with the new management have been quite pleasant so far. They have responded to a couple of maintenance issues very promptly and in a courteous manner.
  12. Thanks for your reply Jane3210, I will follow up as you suggest.
  13. I woman in Pattaya I slept with in Pattaya has just had a baby which she says is mine. My belief is that it is possibly mine, but as the baby was born rather 'early' (34 weeks rather than the normal term of 38 weeks), there is an element of doubt in my mind. I will get a DNA test done to prove paternity. She informed me that she was pregnant at the 4 month stage (we had had no contact between the possible conception during the 4 months). I have been providing some support since that time (8,000 THB per month) I live in Bangkok and really have no idea where to get a DNA test done. I assume I need to get a test kit, pay a visit to the new born (now with mother in Esarn), take the appropriate swabs, take the samples back to the facility and they will conduct the test ? Also, the mother informed me just prior to the birth, that she needed a cesarean section and because she had no 'insurance', this would cost in the vicinity of 20,000THB. I had heard that the government paid for birth costs, but I am not sure about this. I did send this amount through as requested. If DNA tests prove me to be the father, then I plan to take responsibility for the child. My questions are : 1. Where should I go in Bangkok to organise for a DNA test and what would be the approximate cost ? 2. Was the 20,000 THB request a scam ? (I just wonder what would have happened had I not sent that money through ? ) Thanks in advance for any help with these questions.