The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket Question
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Handle with care: Hospital care for foreigners without travel insurance

PHUKET: Reports keep resurfacing of foreigners, expats and tourists alike, requiring hospital treatment despite the visitor having inadequate or no travel insurance at all. It seems that sometimes the government hospitals keep providing free medical care, while other times it seems they charge for their services. Here The Phuket News answers that vital question: What free medical care are foreigners entitled to?

accidents, tourism, economics, health,


The Phuket News

Wednesday 6 January 2016, 09:00AM


For now, tourists without travel insurance can get some free basic hospital care.
For now, tourists without travel insurance can get some free basic hospital care.

QUESTION

My friend is traveling in Thailand and has been running a real high fever. It seems to be getting worse. He doesn’t have travel insurance or a lot of money, but needs to see a doctor. Is there any house call doctor services here that we can call to have a doctor can visit the patient in his hotel?

If so, how much will this service cost? If not, can we take him to government hospital and will they admit him or just send him to the expensive international hospital?

– Tasha, Phuket.

 

ANSWER

Any tourists who become quite ill or are seriously injured but do not have any travel insurance should just go to the nearest government hospital. It is the policy of every public hospital to take care of any patients who need medical care – not just Thai people, but also tourists, expats, migrant workers or anyone else who needs medical treatment.

Public hospitals do not provide house call services, but in case of emergency, please call 1669 for an ambulance to transport you to hospital. This service is free.

Callers must provide as much basic information as possible about the patient so that the medical staff responding to the call are well prepared by before they get there.

The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Phuket is one of the best in the country because of the huge variety of situations our staff have encountered in the past. Our EMS is provided by well-trained staff and well-equipped ambulances.

For now, all tourists with no travel insurance can receive medical treatment at a public hospital in Thailand, regardless whether or not they can afford to pay.

Bollywood

However, please note that not all medical treatment is provided free. If any payment is required, the public hospital staff will inform you of any expenses and discuss how the bill is to be settled.

For example, if you call an ambulance and the relevant officials at the hospital you are taken to deem that the ambulance call was not for an emergency, be prepared to be charged as per one of three EMS services as follows:

1. First Responder Service for minor health concern, about B300.

2. Basic Life Support Service for moderate health concern, about B600.

3. Advance Life Support Service for serious health concern, about B1,000.

Hospital staff will do their best to make sure that free medical services are provided free, but that any other services are charged. The relevant official will discuss whatever payment options are possible with you.

This issue is a growing concern. Last year, the Royal Thai Government spent about B420 million covering the medical costs of tourists who had no travel insurance.

Also, about 25,000 tourists visited Phuket’s main medical facility, Patong Hospital, in the past year. The number of these patients who were covered by medical insurance was estimated at less than 1,000.

Thailand, and especially health officials in Phuket, are currently pushing to introduce compulsory travel insurance by law. Very soon, all tourists who want to enter Thailand must have travel insurance.

– Dr Bancha Kakong, Director of the Phuket Provincial Health Office.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Rorii | 06 January 2016 - 17:56:35

I'm a bit suspicious about less than 1000 had travel insurance especially when "Thailand, and especially health officials in Phuket, are currently pushing to introduce compulsory travel insurance by law." However, even if true, Thailand/Phuket make so much out of tourism, health care should be free, another thing, the article only mentions insurance, it says NOTHING about people who ...

The Phuket News

nemrut | 06 January 2016 - 14:30:55

His point, though not obvious, is that a lot of farangs come to Thailand and abuse the system by taking advantage of its services and infrastructure without paying a dime.

The Phuket News

Aachen | 06 January 2016 - 09:39:01

Dear marklouisw,
what is your point?

The Phuket News

slippery snake | 06 January 2016 - 09:21:03

Good Idea, make all tourists have travel insurance,  sure tourists bring in a huge amount of money in to Phuket, but 24,000 people needing free care at hospital,  must be a big drain that can easily be blocked.  

The Phuket News
Matches 4 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Untreated wastewater at Patong Bay takes its toll on soft corals

This will not be corrected until the hundreds of guesthouses and restaurants in Patong are actually connected to the sewage system. Currently, they a...(Read More)


Phuket wastewater-treatment plant to empty into Nai Harn Lake

You can write the future headlines now: "Accidental discharge closes lake" - "Oops, we did it again" - "Governor promises qui...(Read More)


Are businesses in Phuket national parks legal?

Foreigners should in Thailand do as the thai, don't take difference between legal and illegal as something serious. It is a mixture, all in the w...(Read More)


New Phuket coastal property development under investigation

What is it with thai authorities that never before constructions but just after building they pop up to 'investigate'? Are this departments w...(Read More)


It's a crime: Foreigners marrying Thais now subject to fingerprints taken for criminal background

How can it be discriminatory? As the article states, "...marrying just to get a marriage visa." which means other benefits that are not norm...(Read More)


Alcohol sales banned on Makha Bucha Day

Sales seems to be the issue. No problem The day before then I get my stock whisky, gin, wine, beer Cheers! What is actually the problem with buyin...(Read More)


It's a crime: Foreigners marrying Thais now subject to fingerprints taken for criminal background

"There is no marriage visa!" Nonsense! I had one myself! Banning someone for recommending to leave{ tourists or expats}this place if someon...(Read More)


New Phuket coastal property development under investigation

Whether land is owned or not its time to stop stripping the hills of trees and turning them into eyesores. Pure greed. In the Western world planning ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Avoiding the road to ruin

When I went many years ago nobody was allowed on the beach. One could only swim and snorkel from the boat thereby keeping the beach in a beautiful pri...(Read More)


It's a crime: Foreigners marrying Thais now subject to fingerprints taken for criminal background

I mentioned Bohol, great place. If they have criminal records, how are they getting in the country, why isn't immigration getting them as they co...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.