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  1. Anyway, it's about moving you forward in a way that hopefully helps you not make repetitive errors. If you can get some insight in to what is driving you to do risky things, and get a hold on the thoughts and feelings then that would be a very good thing. For me, it's knowing that I must stick around for my daughter's sake that acts as a powerful motivator.
  2. If you are living in Pattaya then likely it is something like hayfever. But your first step should be an allergy test, which is cheap and painless. This will identify what is causing the problem. If you prove not to be allergic to the standard rack, then the cause is non specific- traffic pollution or heat, or a mixture of everything non natural. Any hospital can help because this is simple stuff, and in truth not a lot can be done medicine wise imo. The best advice I got was on this thread from one of the moderators who said that non-drug intervention is best if possible. I know all too well what you mean when you say acute sinusitis, but imagine that you could also be talking about chronically inflamed nasal passages, which are not infected, but I confirm the pain is at best distracting and can be near excruciating. Imo medicines are of little value in curing the condition. There are plenty of ways to decongest which is a major issue. You can stand in a shower with your chin tucked towards your chest and the water running down your neck, do a steam tent, and use the occasional burst of nasolin for instance. Beconase for a month would open your nasal passages. But in the end it is about avoiding or limiting whatever is causing the problem; it can just be a matter of staying indoors more and getting an extra hour of kip.
  3. And a season travel ticket if possible! Happy he's ok.
  4. Thanks for the chance of a survey, but it lacked one important option: not banned but supervised/controlled. What the survey overlooked, so too has the BMA.
  5. Well I never knew that. Is this a recent thing? Schools used to arrange medical cover. When I worked for a university I got a social security card which entitled me to free healthcare, but when I worked for a private school there was none.
  6. Now that he's earning he will be paying tax, but he'll see nothing for it in terms of health benefits.
  7. It will be an economic shock and I dont think people understand this. I'd guess a 5-10% hit on GDP over a few years. And it will seem worse as the rest of the world will be posting higher growth as the global economy seems to be on the up again. I doubt a trade deal can be reached beyond what Canada has, but there will be some fudge over financial services. 50/50 whether we lose Scotland or not, but perhaps that is going to happen anyway. Some say good riddance. Not me.
  8. You are reasonably well off though. The NHS UK spends 3500 Eur per head each year and that is the lowest amongst peer countries. It's comprehensive insurance. A 50 year old out here would have to pay the same money for a policy that falls short of unlimited coverage- probably cutting out at around 2 million baht. You won't get insurance late in to old age either. So as a broad measure I would contend that health costs out here are more expensive. It will seem cheap while one is relatively young, healthy, and doesn't fall off a motorbike, but if you get really ill you could easily drain even a healthy bank account.
  9. I've had 6 or 7 years of policies, and made 2 claims, both met in full. I also claimed on a policy taken out on my baby, again no problems. The problem is health insurance, even expensive policies, do not cover unlimited expenses. If I was to make a joke of it, then they I would say they are great unless you get really ill. But regardless, as OP's unfortunate event shows you have make some provision, and then have a Plan B, whether that is a dash back home, or a credit card with a big limit. As others have said, Thai Government hospitals are half decent.
  10. I do agree with you, the violence at Songkran is symptomatic of a deeper malaise in society imo. As regards TV forum, well I still like a good shin kick contest from time to time, but for many it is default mode
  11. Well, in case offence was taken, I was just explaining the multiplier effect as opposed to the 'copycat effect'. I think I made the point very politely. Personally, I am always happy to be informed like this.
  12. Mine is with Thai Health. I got just a basic cover, which covers me to 300,000 total which is inadequate but better than nothing. At 55 it cost me 12000 baht. In this instance they would have paid most I think. For 80000 I could get something that mirrors NHS UK treatment plan. There are also specific accident policies which are cheap. No, they stop at around 70, which should be banned imo. Personally, I am an advocate of universal health care for all since illness is largely random, often genetically determined, and it simply is beyond the means of poor people to adequately provide for themselves voluntarily from cradle to grave. I think OP's complaint is not about paying as such, but being taken to the most expensive hospital.
  13. I agree with what you are saying, but my understanding of the multiplier effect comes from economics, where it refers to a chain of events, so a factory closes down and not only does it result in the workers being unemployed, but also ancilliary workers, in turn the local shopkeeper, and then the paperboy. Hence it goes 1000- 400- 200-100, etc. I guess you could say that witnessing scenes of violence in Bkk, or elsewhere, leads to some incidents in villages. That would be a sort of multiplier effect.
  14. Everything I know about Thais tells me they do not like to walk more than fifty metres. Imo most farangs sooner or later learn that it is important to keep as cool as possible. I lived in Bangkok for a good 10 years, was not obese, and never got used to the heat. Getting annoyed about others ostensibly slowing me down was one of the signs I used to recognise I was getting hot and flustered. There is some truth in most arguments.