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Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

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Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

Phuket Gazette

 

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Last year, Vachira Phuket Hospital wrote off 4.3 million baht of unpaid bills incurred by uninsured foreign patients, with the total amount over nine years being 24 million baht. Photo: Gazette file

 

PHUKET: -- There is no lack of evidence about the alarming number of tourist deaths in the 'Land of Smiles'. According to the ‘Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud’, there was a whopping 54 per cent increase in tourist deaths in 2015 as compared to 2014. This figure only counts tourists. The actual number including expats is likely higher, as can be seen in the statistics provided by the Farang Deaths project. 

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade estimated that there were 109 deaths of Australians alone in Thailand between July 2014 and June 2015. Given the likelihood that a foreigner might be injured in Phuket, clear protocols on uninsured foreign patients are surprisingly missing.

According to Methavee Maneesri of Vachira Phuket Hospital, when foreign patients are unable to pay their bills, the hospital has to absorb the expenses. Last year alone, the hospital wrote off 4.3 million baht of unpaid bills incurred by foreign patients. Over the last nine years, Vachira Phuket Hospital says it has written off more than 24 million baht in such losses. 

“Due to medical ethics, we do not pick and choose patients before we initiate life-saving treatment. The questions of payment and insurance coverage are always secondary to saving patients’ lives,” said Ms Methavee. However, patients with non-life-threatening conditions will be asked to show proper insurance coverage or make an adequate deposit before treatment is administered. 

 

Full story: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Special-Report-Phuket-hospitals-facing-huge-losses/66485?desktopversion

 
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57 minutes ago, hakancnx said:

And also who is not paying. Is it migrant workers, expats or tourists?

do they have a way to tell if someone is a tourist?

isn't it like figuring out if someone is a student?

 

or is or is not a "foreign" investor ???

 

not that I know of.

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yeah, it's relatively de minimis an amount.... 

 

but the hospitals are also increasingly in trouble.. so it's now a bigger issue and going forward doesn't get better at all very probably.

 

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1 minute ago, maewang99 said:

yeah, it's relatively de minimis an amount.... 

 

but the hospitals are also increasingly in trouble.. so it's now a bigger issue and going forward doesn't get better at all very probably.

 

Indeed, I read that nineteen governement hospitals in Thailand, some quite large, are broke hence this doesn't improve the picture.

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there was a whopping 54 per cent increase in tourist deaths in 2015

 

Only in this neck of the woods, it does not happen in L/C/V, death rate here higher than any other country (wars apart) by the looks of things.

 

A country in the grips of crime and watch it get worse

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Vachira should get reimbursed from the Taxi and Tuk Tuk cartel, as they are highly overcharging every visitor using their "services"

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The big wigs of Phuket should indepedent take care about this subject. They generate more per day by the tourists and spend not less then this sum for a MiaNoi car.

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