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Over 60 - had a health problem - how have things worked out ?

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Can anyone suggest a medical insurance broker that writes health insurance for those of us 65+ thru 70+

Many good posts about health after 60. Now where to get insurance? ? ??

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22 hours ago, Scotwight said:

Heart problem fixed at private hospital 200,000 baht.  Gave up smoking and drinking - Dr's orders.  Gained weight and trying to lose weight now.  Lunch is fruit and vegetables mixed in a blender with ice and protein powder or some other protein source like yogurt.   Met a number of veterans on line who have helped me with my military disability.  I think my health care is better here than it would be at a VA hospital in the States and cheaper for the US government.   I do aerobic exercises when in the mood and walk the dog twice a day.

 

It seems that you like other posters here ,  agree that the health care in Thailand is better than back home , what was your heart problem ?

 

 

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With all the comments on this thread relating to the benefits of having health insurance , I thought I would just check my health insurance policy benefits plan  , which I originally subscribed to many years ago , I normally just pay the premiums every year and hope that I do not need to make a claim , which Ive so far never had to do.


After checking my BUPA health insurance ( Emerald  plan with a current premium of 36,000Baht  ) I then did a search here on this forum.


Well after seeing comments on this thread

 

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/908371-bupa/?page=1

 

And after reading a post by , bank   ( Lung Cancer )

 

 And particularly this post -----

 

Well , the Bill is now in.
For the period of stay 7th Jan - 9 Feb. Includes everything operations medicine accommodation etc.
Before discount Baht 2,638,311.10, after discount Baht 2,578,327.99
On top of that add Baht 63,000 for PET-CT scan.
The EBUS procedure Baht 307,748
Grand total = Baht 2,949075 + my share of excess of Baht 21,000
All up Baht 2,970075
Cheaper than I thought it would be.
banK

 


I now think I made a huge mistake with the original BUPA health insurance plan I picked.


So I now have to ask BUPA if its possible for me to upgrade to a more realistic plan that reflects current medical procedure costs here in Thailand , and what plans are currently available . I think the answer will be yes I can upgrade , but the new premium cost may cause a heart attack .

 

I wonder if I'm alone in having obvious insufficient health insurance financial cover ?

 

below is my current health insurance outline -

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, Blue bruce said:

Can anyone suggest a medical insurance broker that writes health insurance for those of us 65+ thru 70+

Many good posts about health after 60. Now where to get insurance? ? ??

 

Where do you live

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15 minutes ago, Once Bitten said:

With all the comments on this thread relating to the benefits of having health insurance , I thought I would just check my health insurance policy benefits plan  , which I originally subscribed to many years ago , I normally just pay the premiums every year and hope that I do not need to make a claim , which Ive so far never had to do.


After checking my BUPA health insurance ( Emerald  plan with a current premium of 36,000Baht  ) I then did a search here on this forum.


Well after seeing comments on this thread

 

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/908371-bupa/?page=1

 

And after reading a post by , bank   ( Lung Cancer )

 

 And particularly this post -----

 

Well , the Bill is now in.
For the period of stay 7th Jan - 9 Feb. Includes everything operations medicine accommodation etc.
Before discount Baht 2,638,311.10, after discount Baht 2,578,327.99
On top of that add Baht 63,000 for PET-CT scan.
The EBUS procedure Baht 307,748
Grand total = Baht 2,949075 + my share of excess of Baht 21,000
All up Baht 2,970075
Cheaper than I thought it would be.
banK

 


I now think I made a huge mistake with the original BUPA health insurance plan I picked.


So I now have to ask BUPA if its possible for me to upgrade to a more realistic plan that reflects current medical procedure costs here in Thailand , and what plans are currently available . I think the answer will be yes I can upgrade , but the new premium cost may cause a heart attack .

 

I wonder if I'm alone in having obvious insufficient health insurance financial cover ?

 

below is my current health insurance outline -

 

 

 

BUPA1.jpg

 

I cannot read this too clearly, but with all the "limits" on this or that, I do not know how you would even reach the max level of 500,000... I guess it is some protection, but surely does not sound like a lot of protection... 

 

And from a business perspective, I am not sure who would want to insure us old ticking time bombs anyway... 

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On 9/28/2016 at 7:52 PM, Sheryl said:

 

Thailand based insurers won't enroll people at that age but most European based companies will. Even now, at 70, you could get coverage. The pre-existing conditions might be excluded - either altogether or for the first few years - but you can likely get coverage for everything else, and some policies will also give limited cover for things related to pre-exsiting.

 

The flaw with your plan is, as another poster pointed out, a major accident or catastrophic acute illness (heart attack, stroke etc) could leave you in need of costly care and unable to travel. I've seen it happen more times than I can count.

 

I suggest you consult an insurance broker. An expat policy at age 70 won't be cheap, but you can reduce premiums by accepting an excess.

Does anyone have a contact for insurance companies that wI'll insure people over 70 name and phone would be appreciated 

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23 hours ago, Gary A said:

Having previously had two strokes, I worry about a serious crippling stroke. I go to the local hospital every three months for a checkup and blood test. I do have a problem with high triglycerides. They have been coming down over the past year but I do need more exercise. 

 

Gary A. 

 

Is there any particular med that they give you designed for preventing strokes? I have not had one but it is a concern as I do live far from any medical facility... 

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1 hour ago, kenk24 said:

 

I cannot read this too clearly, but with all the "limits" on this or that, I do not know how you would even reach the max level of 500,000... I guess it is some protection, but surely does not sound like a lot of protection... 

 

And from a business perspective, I am not sure who would want to insure us old ticking time bombs anyway... 

 

Sorry ken ,  try this ( Emerald  plan )

 

Ticking time bombs , now there's a thought :smile:

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Once Bitten said:

 

Sorry ken ,  try this ( Emerald  plan )

 

Ticking time bombs , now there's a thought :smile:

 

 

BUPAX.jpg

 Well, I would have questions... surgeons fees are maxxed out at 50,000 - which is not much, but major medical gives you 80% - which is it? What if the surgery is 300,000 baht? I have always felt more comfortable with very large deductibles and strong coverage for the extremes... in case of a serious illness, you are lost after 500,000 baht... it would be interesting to know how high bills can run in extreme circumstances and how often that might happen? 

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Someone has PM'ed me askig me details of my insurer, I will publish it here so if anyone else might be interested.

 

I am 68 years old (May 1948), I started with Cigna 2 months before my 66th birthday.

 

The office is in Scotland UK.

 

I was interviewed over the phone regarding my past health, I even told them that I smoked - they asked me how many, is it less than 15 per day? Yes.

 

The cover I took out was the Gold package, inpatient only with an annual excess of 1000 GBP.

The network of hospitals used in Thailand is the Bangkok hospital network - you can use any of their hospitals and they will direct pay after the excess is paid.. Very impressed with the Bangkok medical centre - English not a problem.

If you use another hospital group then you pay and they reimburse within 5 days.

 

The quote that came back was around 2500 GBP with no exclusions.

 

I had no need to use the insurance during the 1st year. The renewal premium in year 2 was something like 2900 GBP, I thought this a rather steep increase (15%). However , I think that it came in a different age band/actuarial  calculations for that year.

9 months into year 2 - it was discovered that I had lung cancer, I opted to get treated in Bangkok - if anyone interested read my thread "Lung Cancer".

Whilst in hospital for this it was discovered that I had to have a stent for a AAA.

Treatment for the above came to around 3 million Baht, all done before year 3 renewal of insurance.

 

The 3rd year renewal cost was 3100 GBP or thereabouts (5.2% increase).

 

Last week I had an Hernia operation in Bangkok hospital Khon Kaen. This partly due to the hernia at the top of the AAA site scar.

There was only concern from Cigna - go and get it done. This operation and hospital stay 207000 Baht, 202000 Baht after discount.

 

I cannot find fault with this insurance company, as Sheryl has said - yes it gets more expensive with age but I am quite happy with everything.

The excess of 1000 GBP is NOT per incident but per annum, i.e. once the excess is paid any following incidents during that year is fully paid for by Cigna.

 

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banK

 

Thanks for posting your health insurance details , may be I missed it  , where were you residing when you applied for the insurance ?

 

I read through your post - "Lung Cancer"  , what a journey and a must read for any one thinking about private health insurance.

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1 hour ago, Once Bitten said:

banK

 

Thanks for posting your health insurance details , may be I missed it  , where were you residing when you applied for the insurance ?

 

I read through your post - "Lung Cancer"  , what a journey and a must read for any one thinking about private health insurance.

I was living in Thailand. I found out about them on the internet - phoned them direct had an extensive too and fro  via email so that I had a recorded copy of their replies to me. Eventually decided to go with them.

 

The reason I took out health insurance was a casual conversation with a friend, up until the time things started to go wrong, virtually nothing health wise had affected me in my life.

 

No previous health records required, no medical examinations required, just the interview on the phone conducted on Skype and that's it.

 

Yes, I have revisited the my original story and find it quite incredible the sequence and good fortune I had.

 

At todays' rate of exchange, in total it comes to more than 70,000 gbp. For the outlay of 8500 gbp + 2000 gbp excess.

Now if I had to pay out 70000 gbp over that time I would probably have had to return to the UK - any delay in faffing about could have missed the stage 1 and the risk of the AAA bursting ( it was quite away along). Anyway, all turned out OK thankfully.

 

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11 hours ago, banK said:

I was living in Thailand. I found out about them on the internet - phoned them direct had an extensive too and fro  via email so that I had a recorded copy of their replies to me. Eventually decided to go with them.

 

The reason I took out health insurance was a casual conversation with a friend, up until the time things started to go wrong, virtually nothing health wise had affected me in my life.

 

No previous health records required, no medical examinations required, just the interview on the phone conducted on Skype and that's it.

 

Yes, I have revisited the my original story and find it quite incredible the sequence and good fortune I had.

 

At todays' rate of exchange, in total it comes to more than 70,000 gbp. For the outlay of 8500 gbp + 2000 gbp excess.

Now if I had to pay out 70000 gbp over that time I would probably have had to return to the UK - any delay in faffing about could have missed the stage 1 and the risk of the AAA bursting ( it was quite away along). Anyway, all turned out OK thankfully.

 

banK

 

 I’m a little surprised that no previous health records were required, or no request for an up to date certified medical examination carried out in Thailand .


Your comment ( virtually nothing health wise had affected me in my life.)
Only goes to show the importance of health insurance in Thailand.

 

 

 

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