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Government wants foreign visitors to be insured (ObamaCare in Thailand)
Bangkok Post ^ | 06/28/2013 | Paritta Wangkiat

Posted on 06/28/2013 2:00:13 AM PDT by TexGrill

Various 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.

The ministry on Wednesday made the proposal at a meeting with representatives from the Airports of Thailand (AoT), the Royal Thai Police and various other government ministries.

Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong, who chaired the meeting, said the ministry proposed the cost of health insurance coverage might be included in visa fees.

He said non-visa tourists might have to pay for their health insurance coverage at immigration checkpoints or the fees could be added to the cost of airline tickets.

Every tour agency would have to tell their foreign customers about the insurance requirements before they travel to Thailand, Dr Pradit said. He said the method of payment for the insurance would be decided at the next meeting.

Dr Pradit said the meeting agreed on setting up a sub-committee to work on the issue and decide on the level and type of insurance coverage that would be required for tourists in cases of emergency care and the return of dead bodies.

The ministry called the meeting with state agencies after the cabinet in January asked it to set up a health care system for foreigners who are not members of universal health care schemes.

(Excerpt) Read more at bangkokpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: thailandeconomy
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1 posted on 06/28/2013 2:00:13 AM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

I can cross off Thailand as a place to go visit.


2 posted on 06/28/2013 2:04:02 AM PDT by teacherwoes (this tagline has been approved by the NSA)
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To: TexGrill

What’s wrong with this? Why should Thailand be responsible for the costs of sick foreigners? Whenever I had to apply for a visa, I had to provide proof of insurance. Travellers insurance covers most things, and it only cost me about $1 a day.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 2:06:25 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Didn’t Obummer say the same things about ObamaCare when he hit the campaign trail. He would say stuff like “you’re premiums will never go higher,” “it’s going to reduce the federal budget deficit,” “there will be no death panels,” “the IRS won’t audit you for not paying for insurance,” and “it’s gonna save Americans money in the long run.” Now considering that ObamaCare promises did not turn into reality, who can blame people for saying ObamaCare mandates is not a winning solution.


4 posted on 06/28/2013 2:14:25 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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The average family will save $2500.00 per year. With the co-pays and deductibles so high, people will simply not see a doctor thus saving money. /sarc


5 posted on 06/28/2013 2:17:44 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: TexGrill

I would hope that people who come to visit the US be required to buy travel insurance so that if they became ill in the US that we, the taxpayers, didn’t have to pay their medical expenses.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 2:17:59 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Cowboy Bob sounds like Cowboy Barry. If so, you can first ask all 11 million illegal immigrants who may soon become US citizens to pay their ObamaCare taxes. Now you really have to beef up the US Border Patrol to make sure all illegals entering our country have proper documents to prove they have health insurance. Come on Cowboy Barry, giddy up and make sure everybody and that means everybody is paying for health insurance who is either residing in our country or just visiting. And anyone without an ObamaCare insurance plan should get deported immediately.


7 posted on 06/28/2013 2:28:06 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Cowboy Bob

You are correct....you should have travel insurance when leaving the country. Your US health insurance does not work overseas

And...you should not be a burden on the visiting nation....just as we do not want visitors to the US become a burden on us


8 posted on 06/28/2013 3:02:06 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: TexGrill

So...you think illegal aliens should get free health care in the US?

Thailand, as a sovereign nation, has a right to keep foreigners from being a burden on their services. If you do not want to comply....stay home

Cowboy Bob is not the socialist here


9 posted on 06/28/2013 3:07:07 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: SeminoleCounty

So you don’t want to deport illegals who are not paying for their ObamaCare mandates?


10 posted on 06/28/2013 3:09:16 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: SeminoleCounty

You in a bit over your head. Here in the Kingdom of Thailand no tourist is a burden to any service. If you show up at a hospital you present means or proof of ability to pay before anything happens. there is no freebies here for anyone.

No money, no honey.

PS and medical cost are about 10% or less of what you pay in US so you can afford to pay out of pocket.


11 posted on 06/28/2013 3:30:35 AM PDT by JParris
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To: Cowboy Bob

Our son and his wife are in Thailand this week for vacation.
They’re also visiting Cambodia for two days...


12 posted on 06/28/2013 4:57:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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