All UK expats in Thailand urged to get private health insurance

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All UK expats in Thailand urged to get private health insurance

Post by buksida » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:25 pm

The British Embassy in Thailand is urging all UK expats living in the Southeast Asian country to make certain they have private health insurance.

Resident expats are being told to make certain they have private health insurance, and tourists are being urged to get full-cover travel insurance before they arrive in Thailand. The warning was issued due to an increase in the numbers of uninsured UK citizens the embassy was forced to help after accidents or medical problems necessitated a stay in a pricey Thai private hospital.

According to the embassy, around a million British tourists arrive in Thailand every year, with some 55,000 expatriates scattered around popular destinations such as Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket.


Source: https://www.emigrate.co.uk/news/2018082 ... -insurance
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Post by MDMK » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:39 pm

scary stuff. These numbers shocked me. Half of tourists and 4 out of 5 over 50s not insured. Very scary.

"Further figures comprised last year state 50 per cent of tourists who received consular assistance weren’t insured, and 80 per cent of Britons in Thailand over 51 years of age, also had no medical insurance. "

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Post by lomuamart » Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:59 pm

I don't know whether anyone has had to apply for an income letter from The British Embassy lately.
I had to do and the tick boxes at the bottom under a survey about "do you have insurance or not" was there.
At the same time, Thai visa.com published a thread that just doesn't stop.
Personally, I simply didn't answer the question and I most certainly didn't tick the box about whether I wanted to receive any information from the embassy's "friends".
Don't read too much into the above.

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Re: All UK expats in Thailand urged to get private health insurance

Post by dundrillin » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:32 pm

No one could argue with the need for health insurance. A problem arises however when a pre existing condition flares up and is not covered by ones insurance leaving a potentially large bill.

Incidentally my Thai partner was required to buy health insurance in order to get a visa to visit the U.K. this year. (£125)

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Re: All UK expats in Thailand urged to get private health insurance

Post by caller » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:10 pm

That question on the 'income letter' is as dumb as they come. 'Do you have insurance or not'? Car, bike, house, health - anything else?
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Re: All UK expats in Thailand urged to get private health insurance

Post by Nereus » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:24 pm

caller wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:10 pm
That question on the 'income letter' is as dumb as they come. 'Do you have insurance or not'? Car, bike, house, health - anything else?
Condoms? :rasta:
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Re: All UK expats in Thailand urged to get private health insurance

Post by Aussie69 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:38 pm

You are crazy if you don't have substantial health insurance.
'self funding' is a myth.
Don't go begging on social media when you get your 3 million baht surgery bill

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