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Special insurance coverage for COVID-19 patients to end

Special insurance coverage for COVID-19 patients to end

BANGKOK: Medical services for COVID-19 patients must be paid for by their own or by pre-existing health insurance schemes after Thailand enters a post-pandemic stage tomorrow (July 1), the government said.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 30 June 2022, 08:19AM

Photo: Bangkok Post.

Photo: Bangkok Post.

National Health Security Office (NHSO) deputy secretary-general Attaporn Limpanyalert said yesterday (June 29) the Public Health Ministry’s plan to declare the country in a post-pandemic stage tomorrow would return medical services to normality.

This meant that COVID-19 infected people would have to rely on their own health insurance coverage for medical services, or pre-existing schemes such as social security or the universal health care programme, reports the Bangkok Post.

Before transferring patients to other hospitals, patients’ conditions would be assessed and the COVID-19 illness would be treated like a common cold, Dr Attaporn said.

“During the pandemic, many people fell ill, prompting state agencies to mobilise support from the private sector. At the time, COVID-19 patients could seek treatment at hospitels or elsewhere.

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“As the situation improves, the treatment system has to be adjusted because COVID-19 is not as severe as before,” said the NHSO deputy secretary-general.

Since early 2020, more than B150 billion had been used for COVID-19 treatment, he added.

During a meeting of the NHSO board on July 4, the free distribution of Covid-19 antigen test kits (ATK) at pharmacies would be reviewed, and might be scrapped or extended.

According to the Department of Disease Control’s criteria, ATK tests will be taken only when people develop symptoms, not as a frequent precaution as in the past.

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Kurt | 30 June 2022 - 10:29:19

Fix insurance problems.
Retirees and business visa holders mostly have a health insurance. Plus that Retirees have a 800,000 B quarantee on their Thai bank acount.
Request from tourists a holiday/travel insurance for period they stay in Thailand. Errect a insurance booth before passing Immigration were tourists can buy a insurance, time wise the same as their thai tourist visa.


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