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Vivian

Expat Health Insurance Plans & Medical Care in Thailand

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When relocating to Thailand from the country where you have a free national healthcare or a local health insurance plan. You should definitely start looking for a health insurance plan that you will cover you whist living in Thailand and other destinations in Asia where you might possibly visit.

The cost of medical and hospital care in Bangkok is much higher when compared to the cost of medical care in other non-tourist cites such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon, Udon, Krabi, etc.

If you plan on staying in a small city in Thailand then you might consider downgrading your health insurance plan as medical treatment in these cities is very affordable. However its always best to have some type of international medical insurance plan, just incase of the worst was to happen.

Within the expat community you will likely hear or many motorbike accidents happening in Bangkok where the injured gets treated and left with bills anywhere between 300,000 to 1.5 Million THB.

Medical care in Bangkok, especially for expatriates and non thai-locals can be incredibly expensive, as are any international expatriate hospitals like those in Pattaya, Phuket.

The best insurance that i am aware of seems to be priced anywhere between 30,000 and 90,000 THB per year per person, depending on your current health.

There are health and medical insurance discounts with family plans. English Teachers are known to receive a subsidized medical insurance plan.

If you are planning on teaching in Thailand then remember that there is a mandatory HIV/AIDS test. This test also includes a include syphilis tests and a number of other sexually transmitted diseases.

A number of other health tests required if you plan on obtaining health insurance through your workplace.

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