Do you back the health ministry’s proposal to force foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before travelling to Thailand?

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Do you back the health ministry’s proposal to force foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before travelling to Thailand?

Do you back the health ministry’s proposal to force foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before travelling to Thailand?

  • Start date:Mar 16, 2013
  • End date:Mar 18, 2013
  • Voters: 2,162 times
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  • Discussion 32 : 18 Mar 2013 at 20.5632

    I agree that everybody should have a good travel Insurance (as I have already for over 30 years), but this does not mean that I need to subcribe this Insurance WITH A THAI COMPANY, as you can be sure that this Insurance will be overpriced, and the difference will go in "someone's" pocket.

  • Discussion 31 : 18 Mar 2013 at 20.3231

    Disc 28, hugo: I agree with your comments. I find it rather amazing that anyone would be against a government proposal of travelers being medically insured while traveling in Thailand. I do know from experience, you better have a policy from a reliable insurance company that works hand in hand with hospitals and doctors. I mentioned MEDEX because they have a very honorable reputaiton as a travel insurance company. They're also very user friendly.

  • Discussion 30 : 18 Mar 2013 at 20.0630

    D 16 I tried to place a comment with the web addresses on but BP didn't publised it you can Google schengen visa requirements. I traveled there in Dec 2010 and had to give a certificate for 30 000 Euro insurance and its not limited to my home country. For certain countries they even prescribe which insurance companies can be used (iffy countries like Nigeria).

  • Discussion 29 : 18 Mar 2013 at 15.5929

    Purchasing an on-line travel insurance costs the ridiculous amount of 2-3 euros a day. That makes 80-120 baht. Now, a drink in a disco at Patong beach is sold for 150-180 baht. Dear tourist, do yourself and others a favour: drink less, smoke less and get yourself a travel insurance!

  • Discussion 28 : 18 Mar 2013 at 15.4328

    I am surprised to see a no majority. Maybe only because most of you dislike the present govt so much that you disagree with it even when they come up with a very reasonable proposal? I am sure you are the same people who, when a foreign tourist ends up in a Thai hospital and has not even a basic insurance coverage you think : there we go, yet another stupid farang without insurance, who is going to foot the bill now? Then you blame him for not having insurance, and if the Thai hospital refuses to treat him, then you will blame the hospital. Nothing ever pleases you.

  • Discussion 27 : 18 Mar 2013 at 08.1827

    Disc 26, The Dark Side: There's a lot of folks who don't have medical insurance, but I'm sure that doesn't make them an idiot. The Health Ministry's proposal has merit because doctors and hospitals need to be guaranteed payment for their services. As one poster explained, travel medical insurance is available for everyone to purchase. For those foreign resident of Thailand, who aren't insured medically, a plan needs to be implemented so foreign residents are medically insured in country.

  • Discussion 26 : 17 Mar 2013 at 22.1726

    Anyone who travels to a foreign country without medical insurance is an idiot. If Thailand wants to make it mandatory then so be it. If you can not get proper insurance then you are screwed. Simple as that. Not something you can blame on Thailand. It is probably the most forward thinking I have ever witnessed from this place.

  • Discussion 25 : 17 Mar 2013 at 20.2725

    @Iannadad #20: This poll is about a travel and health insurance for tourists, not for long time residents. Tourists can easily get travel insurance without any medical test but it covers only emergency cases and no preexisting conditions – but they can get it.
    If you are too old or if you have major preexisting conditions you won’t get a private health insurance anywhere in this word - at least not one which covers everything everywhere. This is not specific to Thailand. There might be local exception but normally they don’t cover any treatment outside the home country.

  • Discussion 24 : 17 Mar 2013 at 20.1324

    Disc 20, lannadad: This is why the Thai Health Ministry needs to post a list of those companies who are "user friendly," and willing to sell medical insurance to everyone. You're correct about age. A lot of companies are reluctant to insure you based on age and prior medical conditions. Maybe the Thai Health Ministry can come up with a system such as Medicare, or a system foreigners can pay into and be medically covered in Thailand.

  • Discussion 23 : 17 Mar 2013 at 19.2123

    The Thai Ministry of Health needs to require all foreigners visiting Thailand, to have medical travel insurance and emergency evacuation insurance. The Thai Ministry of Heath should also post a list of companies who are authorized/recommended to provide the required medical insurance, or companies who will work closely with hospitals/doctors to guarantee medical bills will be paid, i.e., TRICARE has a $3,000.00 cap, plus the user must pay 25% of the bill. What if a traveler can't afford to pay the $3,000.00 cap, or the 25%?


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