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    Non-immigrant visa applicants required to have ฿3m health insurance

    Foreigners applying for non-immigrant (O-A) visas for stays in Thailand of up to one year are now required to have a health insurance policy with minimum coverage of three million baht for in-patient medical fees, instead of the previous 400,000 baht.

    Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said today (Tuesday) that the new rule is intended to ensure that they will receive proper medical treatment if they fall ill during their long stay in the country.

    According to the Thai Immigration Bureau and the Department of Consular Affairs, 3,768 foreigners were granted non-immigrant visas last and this year.


    The insurance policies can either be purchased in Thailand or in their home country, but the coverage amount of foreign issued policies must be on a par with the sum stipulated in policies issued in Thailand.

    Non-immigrant visa applicants required to have ฿3m health insurance | Thai PBS World : The latest Thai news in English, News Headlines, World News and News Broadcasts in both Thai and English. We bring Thailand to the world

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    It just keeps getting stricter!

    How much would that insurance cost now ball park figure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Foreigners applying for non-immigrant (O-A) visas for stays in Thailand of up to one year are now required to have a health insurance policy with minimum coverage of three million baht for in-patient medical fees, instead of the previous 400,000 baht.

    Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said today (Tuesday) that the new rule is intended to ensure that they will receive proper medical treatment if they fall ill during their long stay in the country.

    According to the Thai Immigration Bureau and the Department of Consular Affairs, 3,768 foreigners were granted non-immigrant visas last and this year.


    The insurance policies can either be purchased in Thailand or in their home country, but the coverage amount of foreign issued policies must be on a par with the sum stipulated in policies issued in Thailand.

    Non-immigrant visa applicants required to have ฿3m health insurance | Thai PBS World : The latest Thai news in English, News Headlines, World News and News Broadcasts in both Thai and English. We bring Thailand to the world
    If I understand this correctly. a O-A visa is for people over 50 based on retirement. Am I correct? So what happens to those retired here that are too old to qualify for health insurance?
    and has this been published in the Royal Gazette and is now the law of the land, or is it another proposal pending approval?
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Misleading headline.

    Almost newbie-ish.


    Foreigners applying for non-immigrant (O-A) visas
    Retirement visas.



    Non-Immigrant visas for spouse, child, work, education etc. are not affected, only ones based on retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    If I understand this correctly. a O-A visa is for people over 50 based on retirement. Am I correct? So what happens to those retired here that are too old to qualify for health insurance?
    *cough*

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Non-Immigrant visas for spouse, child, work, education etc. are not affected, only ones based on retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Retirement visas.
    That's what I thought .
    Certainly a misleading headline.

    You can call Harry many things, many of as often have LOL, but he is certainly not a newbie. (I know you said "almost newbie-is). To be fair to him he did not editorialise, he simply re-posted the article as is, the misleading headline came from the article not from Harry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    *cough*
    You should have that cough looked at, with covid around it could be serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    newbie-ish.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    he did not editorialise

    He'd be back to penning the horoscopes and agony aunts on any sort of publication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    It just keeps getting stricter! How much would that insurance cost now ball park figure?
    not a huge amount, i can almost hear the ghost of Genticles screaming.....something about....they truly are the most......

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    not a huge amount,
    "Not a huge amount" is not ballpark figure at all, actually it's not any park figure, LOL
    I thought that privately offered insurance premiums were age sensitive, and contained pre-existing conditions exclusions.
    As such . not only would they be useless for most ailments, but prohibitively expensive after a certain age, or not available at all.
    If the Thai government wants elderly retirees to be insured, they should allow them to buy into the government health care insurance system as some other countries do.
    IMO it seems that Thailand is becoming progressively insane. (at least the government is) and as such not a viable long term solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    IMO it seems that Thailand is becoming progressively insane. (at least the government is) and as such not a viable long term solution.
    How on earth is a country becoming progressively insane? - But, then you did say "in your opinion"....
    Best Wishes - Ennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ennis View Post
    How on earth is a country becoming progressively insane? - But, then you did say "in your opinion"....
    Best Wishes - Ennis
    A country can easily become insane, I mean look at the US. Need I say more?
    Ha ha ha, try and stop me.
    it becomes a process like slowly raising the temperature of the water where the frog boils without noticing.
    a proposal here, a mandate there, individually innocuous but collectively.....
    You my friend might already be insane and not know it. Apply " the insane is as insane does " self test proposition and tell me Is your country slowly becoming insane? has it already done so? and if so have you contributed in the insanity?
    I did a quick self assessment and sadly found myself not only having contributed, but doing so even as we speak and write this post reply
    But there is great news. The great thing about drain bramage is you never know you have it.

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    Fair play, Thailand don't wont no broke arse old dead beats leeching of their health system.

    Kudo's to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Non-Immigrant visas for spouse, child, work, education etc. are not affected, only ones based on retirement.
    And even then, only applied to new applicants until next year.

    For renewal customers the coverage will continue as usual until approximately 1st of October 2022
    Non-Immigrant O-A, 1 year – Thai Health Insurance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Fair play, Thailand don't wont no broke arse old dead beats leeching of their health system.

    Kudo's to them.
    I would hardly call, paying into their system a fair amount "leaching into their system" most of us have good insurance back at home, and for major medical interventions would go back there, so many of us will only use it for minor medical issues and emergency situations, thus infusing much needed cash flow in to the system. I am sur that is given all nessacery dato, and assistants with expertise and experience in the funding of the system and I am sure I can devise a fair and equitable arrangement .

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    only rich farangs WANTED.
    health cover of over 3million bht.a rise of the previous cover of 800%.
    and to make matters worse we are only covered by the gov.for 1million bht.for our hard earned money,if our bank goes tits up.
    T.I.T.WHATS NEXT ? for me 77yrs.old with many health problems bar the pox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    only rich farangs WANTED.
    health cover of over 3million bht.a rise of the previous cover of 800%.
    and to make matters worse we are only covered by the gov.for 1million bht.for our hard earned money,if our bank goes tits up.
    T.I.T.WHATS NEXT ? for me 77yrs.old with many health problems bar the pox.
    Just find yourself a nice girl, get married, and problem solved, in addition get companionship and someone to share the ups and downs of life. If you do it right it can be a rewarding proposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Just find yourself a nice girl, get married, and problem solved, in addition get companionship and someone to share the ups and downs of life. If you do it right it can be a rewarding proposition.
    i did it right been married for 32yrs.to the same one.i dont care a fuck what happens to me,as long as my wife and dog dont get ripped off for our savings.i have the means to self cover but i wont pay for a non-existant problem that i already might have,and yes i have been there TOO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    not a huge amount
    65 + ฿168,401.00 no cover price quoted for 70+.

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    Last edited by OhOh; 20-10-2021 at 11:57 AM.

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    Into the mix is the jockeying for new leadership.

    They want poor docile Burmese to work like slaves , take rap for local crimes, but deport once knackered.
    They want tourists or virtual tourist just send money to the gfs
    They will tolerate wealthy folks who can be profitable, golfer /yachtees, major rug dealers by special arrangement.
    What they resent is low budget pensioners/partners some of whom in the past had the effrontery to die in public hospitals before they paid.

    In many situations you get long term discounts think, women, phone plan, fiber optic, Jim membership.

    Health cover is different, in socialized medicine countires the young/healthier subsidize the sick .

    I quite expect xenophobia will rise until a new "General MANAGER" emerges, when a more realistic view of incomers "may develop if they do the sums'.

    Once Thai insurance required , then local firms only, then for all stays it'll be self fulfilling that many will be ousted/deterred from long stay by cost or as others state pre exisiting or at an age when no cover offered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    He'd be back to penning the horoscopes and agony aunts on any sort of publication.
    October: Your mouth is in conjunction with Uranus.

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    Tomcat tribute act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    I would hardly call, paying into their system a fair amount "leaching into their system" most of us have good insurance back at home, and for major medical interventions would go back there, so many of us will only use it for minor medical issues and emergency situations, thus infusing much needed cash flow in to the system. I am sur that is given all nessacery dato, and assistants with expertise and experience in the funding of the system and I am sure I can devise a fair and equitable arrangement .
    Don't know what you are dribbling on about but Iam talking about these aged old fucks that stink of piss and should be at home in a care facility that come here un-insured then end up in hospital cause their heart popped a valve cause the soft cock geriatric took too many boner pills.

    Those are the leeches Iam talking about, they put EXACTLY FUCKING ZERO into the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Don't know what you are dribbling on about but Iam talking about these aged old fucks that stink of piss and should be at home in a care facility that come here un-insured then end up in hospital cause their heart popped a valve cause the soft cock geriatric took too many boner pills.

    Those are the leeches Iam talking about, they put EXACTLY FUCKING ZERO into the system.
    Right after I posted that the Thai goverment should allow long stay foreigners to buy into their goverment sponsored medical program, you said:
    " Fair play, Thailand don't wont no broke arse old dead beats leeching of their health system.
    Kudo's to them."
    Which prompted my response.

    So forgive me if I assume you were replying to me .
    IMO a fair assumption to make.
    After re reading your reply, I can see that you might have not been replying to me but rather to the OP.
    If so , I would quote the great American philosopher Rosana Rasanadana. and say

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    This policy is patterned after the COE USD 100,000 COVID policy with the principal differences is that it is general cover, and that they dropped the USD silliness. My Pacific Cross policy that I applied for at 71 would qualify - current cost after discounts for deductible and no claim runs about ThB 100,000 per year

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