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  1. I have a Norwegian expat pensioner friend who is currently in hospital in Khon Kaen Government hospital. Someone indicated to me that his medical bills would be met by the Norwegian Government if he uses the Ram Hospital network. Is this correct? banK
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    HDPrime....the new Ilikehd

    On again! Even if it goes off again, I would expect finally to be ok. banK
  3. banK

    HDPrime....the new Ilikehd

    Spoke too soon! It went off again. However, received an email "Things still a bit iffy, we'll get back to normal shortly!" banK
  4. banK

    HDPrime....the new Ilikehd

    Just tried the site again and is now back online! banK
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    HDPrime....the new Ilikehd

    Just emailed them and got a reply back within 5 mins. "experiencing a problem with our database, technicians working on it will be back asap". What a database has to do with it I don't know! banK
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    Changing car registration address.

    I Think that you may be referring to the motorcycle registration place which in in town. The one I was referring to out of town is exclusively for cars. banK
  7. banK

    Changing car registration address.

    Land transport offices Khon Kaen. About 10km from Immigration on the road to Udon Thani. banK
  8. In October of 2015 I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. The symptoms included an irregular heartbeat which would self regulate itself. Initially, I would have an irregular heartbeat for a day or so and then be ok for a week or so. After a few months of this the progression gradually increased whereby I was having irregular heartbeats for a solid week or so with only a day or so of normality. Eventually one morning I was reading a book when I had to squint to read the words, feeling distinctly unwell I got up to walk around but found that I had to sit down again otherwise I would have fallen down! After about 15 minutes I felt ok. However, I got a friend to take me to the Bangkok hospital in Khon Kaen to get checked out, this was a Sunday so went to emergency, I was booked into ICU for observation and tests. It was found by blood tests that I had hyperthyroidism. Initially I was prescribed tapazole 3 times a day and the same with inderal. It has taken 2 years of increasingly less dosage of the tablets to bring the thyroid to within the normal range. I was taken off the inderal, (beta blocker), about a year ago, no ill effects. I attended the hospital every 2 months for blood tests to keep track of it all. Initially, the readings were: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) <0.005 normal range (0.270-4.200) Triiodothyronine Free (Free T3) 11.16 (2.00-4.40) Thyroxine Free (Free T4) 3.18 (0.93-1.7) I have been tablet free since earlier this month - I will be going for a final blood test in December after being off the tablets for one month. I have since found out that I have 2 sisters who also had/has hyperthyroidism. Maybe also it is inherently in the genes. As an aside - My lipids were not too brilliant, as I found out when in Bkk medical centre having my big ops last year. LDL was 166 and Glucose hovering around 100 to an extreme of 110. To control this I adjusted my diet to regulate it, glucose level consistently below 100 but LDL not so easy to control but have had it down to below 130 a couple of times. I find by taking one omega 3 tablet a day seems to improve the LDL. For ease of following the progression of it all, made a graph so can follow pictorially with notations of amount of tablets being taken and any unusual happenings along the way. Cost - Thyroid Function test (TSH,Free T3,Free T4) - 1000 baht Lipid profile (glu.Chol,Trig,HDL,LDL)- 712 baht with Physicians charges + bits and pieces including medicines generally the total bill has been between 2200-3000 baht. A big thing is exercise - religiously do 30 minutes a day on the treadmill at a fast walking pace (5.8kph at an incline), sweating a bit at the end of it! Am 69 and vary between 72kg - 75kg depending on what I do in the afternoons, i.e. strenuous work or not. Sorry for the ramble banK
  9. banK

    If I should die

    Why not when back in the UK make a will. That will make it so much easier - all she would need is someone who is familiar with the uk system to liaise with the solicitor regarding death certificate, her bank account details etc.. That's what I have in place. banK
  10. Yes have been using it no prob.
  11. Why not get a Thai mobile - You will get the code sent to you - all withing 2 seconds. banK
  12. banK

    Medical cover in Thailand - Age 86

    Is there a table of tariffs for Cigna for various ages, or do you need to get a quote online. Reason I ask is that this year's renewal I thought was quite a hike (28 percent), from age 68 to 69. I did ask them at the time and they said that it was due to "worldwide health cost increases". I was somewhat skeptical to that reason due to my past history. It went from 3139 gbp to 4039 gbp. banK
  13. Yes does seem rather high - they also initially said that I would be icu for one day and the full stay would be for a week. Both myself and insurer queried the length of time - There was an issue of a previous operation for an AAA 7 months before, they cut down the same scar 20cm and inserted the mesh there. There was also a bit of a problem with my hyper thyroid numbers at the time, the operation had to be put off till they stabilised it. Reading back over my post sounds like I'm falling apart!! I'm fine!! I actually drove home myself after discharge (30km)., and within a few days I was into my routine of walking on the treadmill for 30mins/day. banK