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Mandatory Health Insurance For Foreigners Aged Over 50 In Thailand – Why It May Not Affect You

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Mandatory Health Insurance For Foreigners Aged Over 50 In Thailand – Why It May Not Affect You

On Tuesday (14 May) it was reported that foreigners aged over 50 applying for a particular visa type now need mandatory health insurance. The new requirements, which were approved by Cabinet in April and announced by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)), state that people applying or renewing (or rather re-applying for) a Non-Immigrant Visa…

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June 3 To Be Annual National Holiday Marking HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday

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June 3 To Be Annual National Holiday Marking HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday

The Cabinet on Tuesday announced that June 3 – Her Majesty Queen Suthida’s birthday – would be a national holiday, starting from this year onward. The announcement was made by Nattaporn Jatusripitak, spokesperson for the deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs.   The proposal from the Secretariat of the Cabinet for the Cabinet’s…

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Visakha Bucha Buddhist Holiday Brings Alcohol Ban

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Visakha Bucha Buddhist Holiday Brings Alcohol Ban

The major Buddhist holiday Visakha Bucha Day will be honoured this Saturday (May 18), followed by a substitution day public holiday next Monday (May 20). As Visakha Bucha Day is a holy day, all shops, bars and restaurants are barred from selling alcohol for 24 hours from midnight to midnight on Saturday (00:01hrs-23:59hrs). However, there…

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Insurance Mandatory For Long-Stay Foreigners

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Insurance Mandatory For Long-Stay Foreigners

Health insurance has been made mandatory for foreigners aged 50 years and above seeking long-term stay in Thailand. The insurance policy must offer up to Bt40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to Bt400,000 for inpatient treatment. This is one of the measures the government has introduced to ease the financial burden placed on state…

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Private Hospitals Ordered To Display Medicine Prices

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Private Hospitals Ordered To Display Medicine Prices

The Ministry of Commerce has implemented a new measure after announcing medicine and medical supplies as controlled items, requiring hospitals to display pricing of some 3,000 items via QR codes allowing the general public to make comparisons. Failure to comply will result in up to 1 year imprisonment or up to 20,000 baht fine. The…

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More Hot Weather Before Warning Of Summer Storms Next Week

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More Hot Weather Before Warning Of Summer Storms Next Week

There is set to be a small respite from the sweltering temperatures Thailand has been experiencing during this year’s summer season. Between 12-15 May, Thailand’s Meteorological Department has warned that summer storms, strong winds and even hail is expected throughout most of the country.   While temperatures will remain, the expected summer storms will make…

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Dengue Fever Alert After 27 Deaths

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Dengue Fever Alert After 27 Deaths

Twenty-seven people have died from dengue hemorrhagic fever in Thailand so far this year, the highest fatality rate for the same time period in the past five years. In response, Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Dr Supakit Sirilak has recently sent an urgent letter to related agencies to prepare measures to prevent more dengue…

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Big Tax Increases For Motorcycle Riders – Severe Curbs On Second Hand Car Imports

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Big Tax Increases For Motorcycle Riders – Severe Curbs On Second Hand Car Imports

The Thai government has announced big increases in tax on motorcycles from next January. And there are severe curbs on the way for those that want to import second hand cars into Thailand. Spokesman Natthaporn Jatusriphitak was speaking after a ministerial level meeting agreed to implement proposals for changes in the tax system on motorcycles…

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Retiree Hangs Himself From Tree In The Garden “Because People Just Wanted To Borrow Pension Payment”

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Retiree Hangs Himself From Tree In The Garden “Because People Just Wanted To Borrow Pension Payment”

A Thai man in Buriram hanged himself after going into a spiral of depression following his retirement. His wife said he was unhappy because people borrowed his retirement money and wouldn’t pay it back.   Nang Rong police called to a house in Thanon Hak sub-district of the north eastern Thai province found 61 year…

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Alarm Grows At Rise In Violence In Hospitals

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Alarm Grows At Rise In Violence In Hospitals

VIOLENCE in state hospitals increased in the past seven years, with 51 incidents causing a total of 10 deaths and leaving 56 injured, the Public Health Ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai, said yesterday. Among proposed solutions to boost security are a review of emergency wards’ layouts, double doors with controlled access, additional CCTV cameras…

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