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BANGKOK 19 December 2018 10:59
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Hua Hin hospital finally to repay money to "fleeced" farang cancer sufferer, Damrongtham

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Hua Hin hospital finally to repay money to "fleeced" farang cancer sufferer, Damrongtham

 

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Thai media 77jowo reported that the Hua Hin Hospital and the Department of Public Heath have agreed to return more than 20,000 baht to a man from the Netherlands who said he was fleeced by the hospital because he was a foreigner. 
 
Back in September 2016 a man now known to be Erwin Buse complained to the government watchdog Damrongtham in Prajuab Khiri Khan that he had been obliged to pay 300 baht for each visit to the hospital and an unexplained 858 baht "admission fee". The former engineer was said at the time to be suffering from prostate cancer. 
 
He said he was being fleeced because he was a foreigner. By that time he had already been in Thailand ten years and had a Thai wife. 
 
But justice was slow in coming and visits to the hospital - that Mr Buse said were painful round trips of 200 kilometers on a motorcycle - got him nowhere as the hospital came up with excuse after excuse not to pay him. 
 
However, 77Jowo reported good news for Mr Buse on a recent visit to the Prajuab Damrongtham office. 
 
He was told by the office that he would be receiving 20,000 baht from Hua Hin Hospital and the Department of Public Health by the end of this month. They noted that his campaign for payment started in 2016. 
 
The Thai media reported that Mr Buse, from the Netherlands, was now suffering from intestinal cancer, has no job and looks after goats. 
 
His Thai wife runs a salon in Makham Khong, Koh Lak, they said. 
 
Source: 77Jowo
 
 
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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

he had been obliged to pay 300 baht for each visit to the hospital and an unexplained 858 baht "admission fee".

Could someone explain to me what's wrong with this? I and/or my insurance pay when I get medical treatment...

 

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1 hour ago, CharlieH said:

hardly call a 300 baht charge being "fleeced", yes it may have been incorrect but far from "fleeced"

Per Visit !!!

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4 minutes ago, Knee Jerk Reaction said:

I suspect that it is the unexplained 858 baht 'admission fee' that he found unacceptable.

As indeed I would if that was "every" visit but that's unclear, and if indeed it was , why didnt he simply refuse to pay it, as the bill is usually given when each visit is completed. If he wasnt "admitted" then the bill is wrong and shouldnt have been paid to start with.

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HH hospital has an "express line" that let's you avoid most of the waiting.

 

I used it once, I think it was 200 baht.

 

Seemed like a good deal to me.

 

Went in, got a little minor surgery and was on my way in under 2 hours.

 

Not sure about the other fee.

 

I'd assume you would pay something to see a doctor. I think my fee was something like 500 baht to the guy who did the surgery because he was a learner...intern I guess.

 

The silly part was I saw "big doctor" for the 5 minute follow-up and paid more.

 

I don't know this guys situation, like if he had coverage from his wife or other insurance company but I felt I had been very fairly treated.

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31 minutes ago, Psychic said:

HH hospital has an "express line" that let's you avoid most of the waiting.

 

I used it once, I think it was 200 baht.

 

Seemed like a good deal to me.

 

Went in, got a little minor surgery and was on my way in under 2 hours.

 

Not sure about the other fee.

 

I'd assume you would pay something to see a doctor. I think my fee was something like 500 baht to the guy who did the surgery because he was a learner...intern I guess.

 

The silly part was I saw "big doctor" for the 5 minute follow-up and paid more.

 

I don't know this guys situation, like if he had coverage from his wife or other insurance company but I felt I had been very fairly treated.

The hospital and the MOPH never came out with the official regulation of this so called "Express Clinic". There must be a reason (because there isn't any). The 200 baht that you pay in the little office down the hall will not be on your bill. The sad thing about this is that you skip the quene of 40-50 patient that are waiting in line. And yes than you are billed with extra charges but the bill isn't clear about the fact that you have been using the express clinic. I am pretty sure that this practise is violating the regulation as well. Remember this is a government non profit organisation and not some commercial clinic. Foreigners that are waiting in line are also billed extra (just not the 200). Later when you complain the hospital and the MOPH use this clinic as an excuse. 

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