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Phuket officials crackdown on overpricing

PHUKET: The Phuket Government has called on officials to be extra diligent in checking product prices in shops across the island in order to protect against any possible overpricing during the period of economc fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

By The Phuket News

Friday 20 August 2021, 10:57AM

Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong repeated on Tuesday (Aug 17) that the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic has affected many people in many different ways and that the provincial government is aware overpricing of products is a possibility.

“To guard against this I have ordered officials from the Phuket Commerce office to examine shops and check the product prices,” he said. The initial warning against overpricing came last Friday (Aug 13).

“We acknowledge there have recently been some challenges importing products from the mainland due to restrictions under the provincial order but I also want to ask operators of retail shops for cooperation and to be fair to customers by not overpricing essential products.

“I want every shop to install clear price tags on products which will, in turn, boost confidence among customers,” he said.

As part of the order, Phuket Commerce officers visited a series of pharmacies earlier this week to specifically check on the price of andrographis paniculata capsules which have recently become popular as certain doctors have advocated them in the treatment of COVID-19.

Of the pharmacies visited, officers found that most have clear price tags relating to their products and that they are selling the medicine at fair prices.

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Svcoquette | 22 August 2021 - 11:36:48

Thanks Christy, time to look for a new hospital. Reviews on Google Maps not good for the new PIH.

maverick | 22 August 2021 - 06:34:34

The insurance companies are involved in these pricing rackets.

Christy Sweet | 21 August 2021 - 21:43:05

Unfortunately PIH has been bought out by Rip-off Bangkok Hospital chain. Probably should have just got it done at Mission but the nursing staff were so unprofessional- and the "about 6000" could have easily been inflated to whatever they thought they could get away with.  

Svcoquette | 21 August 2021 - 15:48:47

Kurt, likewise I had a hernia operation done at Phuket International Hospital at 1/2 the price Bangkok hospital quoted. Everything went fine, professional and friendly service. Now I only go to Phuket International Hospital.

Kurt | 21 August 2021 - 15:01:23

@Christy Sweet, I had in Phuket International a skin biopsy + same time removal spot + lab test, all in 5000 thb. I was nicely advised to buy the antibiotic cream outside, as it would be many times cheaper. I guess the Phuket Welfare Officers have strict instructions not to check private hospitals pharmacies. A 'no go order' from Officialdom?

Christy Sweet | 21 August 2021 - 13:59:41

Bangkok Hospital made me hand over ID docs, sign such, and endure a  45 minute wait in order to be quoted a  price by a receptionist of 14,000 baht to have a mere skin tissue biopsy done. Mission Hospital- "about 6000." Monday I will likely go to Thalang Hosp and get it done for 3000. There is no more insidious biz than health care for profit. 

Kurt | 20 August 2021 - 12:34:28

@ Paddy, You are right, good question. Well, don't expect Phuket Welfare Officers to dare to check Pharmacies in private hospitals. Oh Noo! They only will check the very much cheaper Pharmacies at road sides. It is all Thai show: "See, we do something to keep ourselves harmless busy with nonsense".

Paddy | 20 August 2021 - 11:54:12

They could check Bangkok hospital pharmacy and ask them why do they charge 500% more for Warfarin than Supercheap pharmacy ?


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