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  1. Medical Costs for Thai Nationals

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

    Thank you Sheryl, excellent reply, really covers every question I had about Thai medical care for locals :)
  3. 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.
  4. Actually, this is all aimed at Lo-So's - as in, get out, Thailand doesn't need or want you.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks for your reply Jane3210, I will follow up as you suggest.
  10. 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.
  11. Considering Retiring in Bangkok

    I am currently in a monthly rental in Sukumwit Soi 4 - in the heart of the action, but too close for comfort (for me). I am interested in other monthly rental options not too far away from where I am currently staying as it's near my Thai language school. Would you be able to list a few options please (names and locations). You mentioned Thong Lor, that sounds perfect - more detail if you don't mind. Thanks in advance.. I can only list the place I stayed in. Plus 38 condo. If you get off the BTS at Thonglor walk down soi 38 and take the first road on the right hand side, walk on the left side of the road and the block is just before the road turns left. Its a fie minute walk from the BTS. 8 stories high older build so better quality. Normally a number of rooms available but people do tend to stay there for a long time. There is a nice pool tho the gym is pretty much rubbish. Building work is going on not far from the condo but I can honestly say it didn't affect me at all. The only noise that used to annoy me way the scretching bird that seemed to go out of its way to bug me !!! The rooms advertised on the net that I have seen seem to be around 21 to 25 thousand baht per month, Bills are extra but are paid at government rate. My place looked out onto the garden of a big private house so was always pleasant and never a problem to have the doors open and either sit on the balcony or inside with the wind blowing thru. The kitchens were basic but you do get a washing machine, 2 ring hob, tho there is room to have a small gas unit if you wish. Bathroom was plenty big enough and the bedroom also. I couldn't fault it in anyway other than the gym. Oh and you do get the choice of 4 7-11's and I think 2 family marts all with in 6 or 7 minutes walk, what more could you want. Soi 55 which is just across the road from the BTS is considered one of the more upmarket areas of Bangkok, and is very trendy. Hench the fact I didn't go there much Thank you Berybert - will check the place out as soon as my current agreement expires soon. I need a change from the Nana area
  12. Considering Retiring in Bangkok

    I am currently in a monthly rental in Sukumwit Soi 4 - in the heart of the action, but too close for comfort (for me). I am interested in other monthly rental options not too far away from where I am currently staying as it's near my Thai language school. Would you be able to list a few options please (names and locations). You mentioned Thong Lor, that sounds perfect - more detail if you don't mind. Thanks in advance..
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