Thailand wants tourists to buy health insurance

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Thai nurseThailand’s state agencies have agreed “in principle” with the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to require foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before arriving in Thailand as many hospitals claimed that tourists receive treatment and medication but later do not pay or claim they had no money.

For example, Phuket Hospital said that it spent almost $100,000 for free medical services for tourist in 2012 without being able to reclaim the money.

The health ministry has suggested the cost of health insurance coverage might be included in visa fees. Those visiting Thailand without visas would be required to buy insurance at immigration checkpoints or the fees could be added to the cost of airline tickets.

The Thai health ministry, Airports of Thailand, the Royal Thai Police and other related government ministries are now going to set up a sub-committee to further work on the issue.

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Thailand’s state agencies have agreed “in principle” with the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to require foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before arriving in Thailand as many hospitals claimed that tourists receive treatment and medication but later do not pay or claim they had no money.

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Thai nurseThailand’s state agencies have agreed “in principle” with the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to require foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before arriving in Thailand as many hospitals claimed that tourists receive treatment and medication but later do not pay or claim they had no money.

For example, Phuket Hospital said that it spent almost $100,000 for free medical services for tourist in 2012 without being able to reclaim the money.

The health ministry has suggested the cost of health insurance coverage might be included in visa fees. Those visiting Thailand without visas would be required to buy insurance at immigration checkpoints or the fees could be added to the cost of airline tickets.

The Thai health ministry, Airports of Thailand, the Royal Thai Police and other related government ministries are now going to set up a sub-committee to further work on the issue.

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