The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by hhfarang » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:06 pm

Yes, all major hospitals here have health check up plans and you can choose the plan you want depending on how detailed you want it to be and how much you want to pay.
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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by bcrglobal » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:39 pm

Just wanted to give a big thanks and a big thumbs up to the hospital.

Mini-Me was suffering a low-grade fever for a few days, and then started vomiting and running a high fever (39) that was not controllable with medicine. We went to the hospital, and got great care. We were attended by Dr. S (Can't remember his last name, but he said he goes by Dr. S at the switchboard) Dr. S is a US Board Certified Pediatrician, Thai origins, but has just returned from 15 years practicing in the US (Florida, to be precise)

Mini-Me was admitted for a 24 hour period and quickly got better. Tests showed that the things we were scared about were NOT the issue, and he just needed a bit more care than we could provide at home. All of us left the hospital with a VERY positive impression (Unfortunately Mini-Me keeps asking to go back to see Dr. S every time he has the slightest scratch or ache)

The only issue we had was insurance. When they wanted to admit Mini-Me, we passed over the insurance card and asked them to get approval (As required by the insurance company) They gave back the card after 5 minutes saying everything was approved. 10 minutes later The Mrs. asks to make sure and is told the Insurance company have not confirmed. I called the insurance company myself, got things handled, passed them over to Dr. S, and everything was cleared. From then on all went smoothly, and checkout was a breeze insurance wise.

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Medical Care: A+, can't imagine better.
Accomodation: A-, Rooms are great, but maybe a more comfortable sofa in kids rooms? Parents WILL sleep there!
Food: A+, great food, great selection of Foreign and Thai dishes.
Miscelaneous: A+, Little cars for the kids to sit in, fridges and microwaves in the rooms, Wifi at a good speed.
Insurance: C-, the staff need to understand the importance of handling this correctly the first time.

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by wpcoe » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:22 am

Google is your friend: Health Check-up Programs

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by Gus » Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:44 am

Thanks very much wpcoe, when I went to the hospital in February they had not started the MOTs then, for non UK folks, the MOT is the test you put your vehicles through every year, once they are over 3 years old.
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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by Homer » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:00 pm

bcrglobal wrote: Insurance: C-, the staff need to understand the importance of handling this correctly the first time.
I give that an F-. Fraud is a better description.

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by bcrglobal » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:21 pm

Homer wrote:
bcrglobal wrote: Insurance: C-, the staff need to understand the importance of handling this correctly the first time.
I give that an F-. Fraud is a better description.

I went with passing (Barely) for several reasons:
1) They did tell the truth when asked in Thai, so potentially a language issue?
2) They did work with the insurance company well once I'd gotten everything initiated.
3) Doctor S. did understand my concerns and helped to clear the situation admirably.

I agree, the error was potentially HUGE, but in reality it wasn't. Maybe they said yes because they always say yes to Farangs (Not that this makes it right, but it is common) Maybe they misunderstood my question, or maybe they were just confident the insurance company would approve given the circumstances. I have no reason to suspect fraud (Which would require an intent to defraud) and I see no way that they or the hospital could have benefited from this error.

No, I think this was just a mistake, and it had no major effects on our stay or care--just a bit of a hiccup in the process. I'll stick with my C-.

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by Homer » Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:55 pm

bcrglobal wrote: No, I think this was just a mistake, and it had no major effects on our stay or care--just a bit of a hiccup in the process. I'll stick with my C-.
Thank your for offering explanations both possible and probable as counter to my knee-jerk cynical reaction. I'd delete or edit my post if I could.

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by Noz » Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:03 pm

Has anyone visited the Bangkok Hospital with chest problems and can give me an idea of the prices for a general examination and perhaps a chest x-ray? Looking at their relevant webpage http://www.bangkokhospital.com/treatmen ... -Diseases/ it looks pretty comprehensive and after my only visit to Hua Hin Hospital's A&E ward, I won't be going back.

In July I stupidly got too close to some chlorine powder and got a noseful, which resulted in the expected dizziness and shortness of breath but after 3 hours when my heart-rate went sky high and my chest and the rest of my body started to explode, I headed for the doctors. My usual place (PolyClinic) was closed so continued on to HH Hospital who were useless. Could barely walk and talk and got a beta-blocker to reduce my pulse then sent home because they needed the bed.

I got checked out in the UK when home in August (the flight nearly finished me off) and despite a couple of bad turns and really bad days and still feeling bad, my chest x-ray and ECG were all clear and my lungs getting 99% oxygen, which I believe is as good as it gets. The docs thought there was likely no damage as no prolonged exposure to chlorine gas, so it would probably work itself out in time. But been back in Thailand over 2 months now and still struggling. Seem to get better then relapse but still very uncomfortable and still getting what's more like twinges in the chest, so want to get checked out again.

Cost isn't an issue but just wondering if anyone has had a similar kind of ailment investigated at this hospital and can advise of what was involved, prices, etc....

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:20 pm

My wife had a chest x-ray there back in May. Chest AP Upright cost 438 Baht.

After the x-ray there was need for a CT Scan, which cost a further 9,900 Baht.

Personally, I was very pleased with the treatment she received. There will also be a few extras to add for things like nursing and use of the examination area. I assume this varies depending upon the treatment.
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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by Noz » Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:02 pm

Thanks Big Boy. I see they have an online appointment facility, so reckon I'll try to sort something for this week.

Edited to say, the hospital website doesn't list any Hua Hin specialists for chest problems - on the appointment page you get the list of Bangkok based specialists to choose from (or leave blank I guess). Does anyone know how this works? Do these guys make scheduled visits to Hua Hin or is it best not choose a specific doctor so you get a quicker appointment? Or do you just end up with a Hua Hin doctor anyway?

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by hhfarang » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:35 pm

^ Welcome to Thailand! Even in the big hospitals in Bangkok many of the best doctors move around as they do government work at the national hospitals on some days and work at private hospitals (where they make their real living) on other days.

It's very difficult here to see the same doctor when you want to as they work at many different places and none or few of them have their own private practice so that you can not see the same doctor each time you go. I had only two internists that I saw in their private offices for the last twenty years I lived in my home country, they knew everything about my health and I trusted their treatment.

You'll have a very difficult time finding that kind of health care here.
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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by wpcoe » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:16 pm

Dr.Mike: I realize this is little like peeing into the wind, in the "farang telling Thai how to do things" category, but is it possible to instill some western sense of privacy with the nursing staff?

My beef: There is a little room right on the corner of the hallways in the out patient area that is routinely used to draw blood and administer injections. They also use it was some sort of nursing grand central station -- during a simple blood draw, a half dozen nurses may come in and rummage around for supplies. Several times the door has been left open while I am sitting two feet away being poked with a needle and blood drawn, while strangers gaze nosily gaze in and watch. Sorry, but I expect a bit more privacy than that.

Also, I've been undergoing testosterone therapy which involves getting a jab in the buttocks. Since the testosterone is viscous and oily, the injection (with a large bore needle) takes about five minutes. While I lay there with my pants around my ankles and the needle in my butt, the door opens and closes with a clear view into the room from the hallway. Again, I expect a bit more privacy when my bare naked @ss is exposed.

I find it ironic that the Thai nursing staff think nothing of such exposed flesh in public, when many (most?) Thais are so modest they won't even go to the beach and into the sea without wearing shorts & a T-shirt.
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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by bapak » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:20 pm

Dr Mike, does BH in Hua Hin have a Rheumatologist?

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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by richard » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:25 pm

Dr Mike ,
do you do hearing tests and hearing aids?
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Re: The new Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin

Post by PeteC » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:30 am

Seeing that Dr. Mike hasn't visited the forum since September 13, my assumption is that he's been reassigned to another project. Or perhaps he wants to get folks into the habit of contacting the hospital directly. Pete :cheers:
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