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Expatriates how does the health system work in Thailand
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Are you or one of your employees moving to Thailand? Beware, malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya are common in some areas. Fortunately, the Thai health system is renowned for its equipment and staff. One condition, however, is that you must be able to pay for your medical services. If you are not able to justify social security coverage, you may be denied access to care!

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Understanding the public health system in Thailand

Thai residents are affiliated to the local social security system. They have universal health coverage which gives them access to a large majority of care: 

  • Consultations with general practitioners and specialists
  • Hospitalisation
  • Vaccinations
  • Prescription drugs

However, when you benefit from the public health system, it is not possible to go to just any hospital. You have to choose a single health centre near you. Only emergencies can be dealt with in another establishment. 

What are the differences with the Thai private health system?

In addition to the fact that private hospitals generally have better equipment and English-speaking staff, waiting times for treatment are considerably reduced. Public hospitals tend to be overcrowded, so it can take weeks or months to get a consultation. 

Conversely, the cost of private care is much higher than in the public sector. A simple consultation with a doctor can cost the equivalent of €76! As for hospital rooms, the rates are sometimes higher than those charged in 5-star hotels... Quality of care and speed of treatment come at a price, but a private insurance policy may be able to pay for them. 

In Thailand, medical costs can quickly reach significant amounts if you choose to be treated in private establishments. To make sure you don't have to pay this money out of your own pocket, MyHEALTH Thailand offers you unlimited access to its third party payment network, which includes world-class hospitals and clinics throughout Thailand. Whether it's for a hospitalization or a simple consultation, you won't have to make any advance payment.

What health care system should I choose when I am an expatriate in Thailand?

As an expatriate in Thailand, you no longer depend on the health system of your home country but on the local health system. 

In this case, two possibilities: 

  • Your Thai employer or your residency status allows you to benefit from the universal health cover, possibly supplemented by private insurance;
  • Without local coverage, you or your foreign employer can take out expatriate insurance.

You can then take out an international insurance policy that will cover you in Thailand and when you travel abroad.

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