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Thanks everybody for the very very good advice, Tammi thanks for the offer and yes I am doing all this alone (not easy as I get the impression some of the staff in that hospital are not too happy about falang being there

The above quote is from a 2007 post about the Queen sirikit military hospital Sattahip

My experience was the same back then that they did not want farang in there. does anybody know if the situation has changed since then ?   :)

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I have a friend who is a doctor there and he just told me there is discussion about a two-tier pricing scheme, one price for Thai and another for farang. He thinks this will eventually happen but needs to be approved at various levels of military and government which will take time.

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That is sad news. It feels like a kind of racism when I encounter this kind of thing here. Potential future expats should be warned how pervasive this is.

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I have a friend who is a doctor there and he just told me there is discussion about a two-tier pricing scheme, one price for Thai and another for farang. He thinks this will eventually happen but needs to be approved at various levels of military and government which will take time.

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Well no surprise to hear that. it would seem that is their answer to not wanting us there ?

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Queen Sirikit already has a dual pricing system in place for OPD.

30 baht for Thai and 200 baht for farangs as written on a sign on the walls

Maybe this new system will be across the board for all services and meds.

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A Farang mate of mine was treated there for heart problems and he reckons they were great with him although they did not have all the necessary tehnology and had to refer him on.

I've also received minor treatment there under the Thai Social Security scheme with no adverse treatment.

I also know one Farang that was turned away by them though.

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I was there for two weeks. Burst appendix. It burst while I was waiting for treatment, 6 hours. They did not like me there. Thought I was from Pattaya even though I had friends at the hospital and nurses who worked at the hospital. Treatment was a bit rough. Got a rash on my back from the bed that I had to go to another hospital to have cured. But I didn't die.

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Queen Sirikit already has a dual pricing system in place for OPD.

30 baht for Thai and 200 baht for farangs as written on a sign on the walls

Maybe this new system will be across the board for all services and meds.

Yes, the 200 baht is a general service charge. Also, foreigners now pay 50% more than Thai for medical services. Still relatively cheap. As Sirikit is a tax-supported military hsp, the extra charge is somewhat defensible. Also, the charge isn't implemented on a purely racial basis, a most annoying aspect of Thai dual pricing. Identities are of course actually verified when the hsp card is issued.

I haven't heard of such charges being imposed in other government hsps. You can consider those in Siricha and Chonburi.

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Queen Sirikit already has a dual pricing system in place for OPD.

30 baht for Thai and 200 baht for farangs as written on a sign on the walls

Maybe this new system will be across the board for all services and meds.

Yes, the 200 baht is a general service charge. Also, foreigners now pay 50% more than Thai for medical services. Still relatively cheap. As Sirikit is a tax-supported military hsp, the extra charge is somewhat defensible. Also, the charge isn't implemented on a purely racial basis. Identities are of course actually verified when the hsp card is issued.

I haven't heard of such charges being imposed in other government hsps. You can consider those in Siricha and Chonburi.

Do you mean if you have a work permit you are exempt from the surcharge? If not race and nationality, what criteria are used?

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Queen Sirikit already has a dual pricing system in place for OPD.

30 baht for Thai and 200 baht for farangs as written on a sign on the walls

Maybe this new system will be across the board for all services and meds.

Yes, the 200 baht is a general service charge. Also, foreigners now pay 50% more than Thai for medical services. Still relatively cheap. As Sirikit is a tax-supported military hsp, the extra charge is somewhat defensible. Also, the charge isn't implemented on a purely racial basis. Identities are of course actually verified when the hsp card is issued.

I haven't heard of such charges being imposed in other government hsps. You can consider those in Siricha and Chonburi.

Do you mean if you have a work permit you are exempt from the surcharge? If not race and nationality, what criteria are used?

"Foreigner" means "foreigner," work permit or not. The sign doesn't say anything about work permits making you less foreign. Somebody w/ a work permit should try and report back.

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You confused me because you said the charges ISN'T implemented based on race. Was that an error?

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You confused me because you said the charges ISN'T implemented based on race. Was that an error?

No, because members of other races who look Thai but not of Thai nationality are similarly charged extra. So it is imposed strictly by proven nationality. Bill Heinecke, of Thai nationality, would not need to pay it though we may assume he'd pay an extra charge for riding on a baht bus.

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Years ago I needed a commercial-divers medical and was referred to this hosp. The physical part of the exam was so thorough it nearly killed me but I passed. (I pity the Thai navy diver who isn't in top shape and takes the same exam).

When I went to pay the cashier she said only ~250 baht for the lab fees--no doctor charge at all. But the doctors would appreciate me giving a short talk about saturation diving to the Navy divers that were at the hospital at the time. I said sure, no problem...

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Do you mean if you have a work permit you are exempt from the surcharge? If not race and nationality, what criteria are used?

"Foreigner" means "foreigner," work permit or not. The sign doesn't say anything about work permits making you less foreign. Somebody w/ a work permit should try and report back.

I have tried it and my report is post #6

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