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Insurance company honours B1mn payment for Phuket COVID-19 death

Insurance company honours B1mn payment for Phuket COVID-19 death

PHUKET: The daughter of a 63-year-old woman who died from COVID-19 in Phuket in April has received B1 million from the insurance company that her mother had a COVID-19 health coverage with.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 17 June 2020, 12:14PM


Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana (centre, pink shirt) stands beside Phiyathida Taosritrakul as she receives the B1mn insurance claim payment at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (June 16). Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana (centre, pink shirt) stands beside Phiyathida Taosritrakul as she receives the B1mn insurance claim payment at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (June 16). Photo: PR Dept

The daughter, Phiyathida Taosritrakul, received the B1mn claim payment at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (June 16).

Present for the handover were Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana and Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) Phuket Chief Theerasak Mesa, along with Dhipaya Insurance Phuket manager Decho Phonpruk, who presented the payment.

Ms Phiyathida’s mother, Srisamai Yotchai, 63, owned a restaurant on the Patong beachfront.

Ms Srisamai first became ill on Mar 24, and after a week of treatment through a private clinic was admitted at Patong Hospital on Apr 1. She was transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town that same day.

Despite doctors’ efforts, Ms Srisamai’s condition deteriorated and she passed away on Apr 27.

In explaining Ms Srisamai’s death to the press, Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol said, “The majority of customers at the restaurant were Chinese, and as the owner she was responsible for collecting money from customers.

 

Ms Srisamai usually did not wear a mask, did not wash her hands often and some days she went to the Kathu market, he added.

Ms Srisamai lived with two other family members – her husband and her niece, both of whom worked at the restaurant. Both her husband and niece were later confirmed as infected with COVID-19, and both of them later recovered, Dr Chalermpong said.

At the handover ceremony yesterday, OIC Phuket Chief Mr Theerasak said that more than 7 million people had taken out COVID-19 health-coverage policies since the outbreak began in Thailand.

In Phuket, around 36,400 people have taken out such policies, he added.

Mr Theerasak explained that COVID-19 health policies in Thailand offered four types of coverage: claims for being infected; claims to cover medical treatment costs, claims for infection leading to coma; and claims for death as a result of the disease.

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Foot | 17 June 2020 - 13:58:22

Why is it news that a Thai insurance company paid a claim?

Do they, usually, not pay legitimate claims?

CaptainJack69 | 17 June 2020 - 13:56:47

What is it coming to when an insurance company paying out for something someone was clearly insured for becomes newsworthy? Are we to surmise that this is unusual?

And again the Thai style forced PR event. Do you think this poor woman was told she wouldn't get the money if she refused to participate in this misguided spectacle?

TIT

Fascinated | 17 June 2020 - 13:26:02

Over 36000 policies and less than 60 deaths- that's a nice little earner for the insurance companies.

Fascinated | 17 June 2020 - 13:24:42

How is 'insurance company does its job' a story?

 

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