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Reimbursement for medical bills for Covid-19 in Thailand

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According to a Facebook post on the ‘Thai Khu Fa (Government House)’ page, the Thai government has informed that private hospitals are not allowed to send medical bills to Covid-19 patients or their family, the post says that the government will reimburse all the medical bills back to the hospital.

Many complaints were sent the government that Covid-19 patients at private hospitals are being forced to pay for treatments, in some cases, expenses have reached 100,000 baht. Others are complaining that some of Thailand’s hospitals are using the current situation to price-gouge patients whilst they are at their most vulnerable.

The government says, “private hospitals should keep all records of medical treatment and services and send the bills to related agencies for reimbursement.”

The Public Health Ministry has draft regulations on reimbursement that have been initially approved by the cabinet and will take effect soon. However, if the patients have health insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment they are being encouraged to use their benefits first.

The Department of Health Service Support insists the cost of Covid-19 treatment would be covered by the country’s health security funds. This announcement was signed by The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul who supervises Thailand’s universal health fund.

The Social Security Office has also published an announcement on their facebook page (@ssofanpage) about regulations and reimbursement of medical fees and service charges for Covid-19 case. The regulations were approved by the medical committee on the SSO’s board and consist of…

  1. For out-patients SSO will pay for actual costs of lab tests and personal protective equipment used by medical personnel, capped 3,000 baht per time.
  2. Medical expenses for in-patients, including drug costs, capped at 7,200 baht per case.
  3. Hospital room charges capped at 2,500 baht per day.
  4. Transportation fees will also be provided, in cases form the same province capped at 500 baht, in other provinces, the initial payment is 500 baht and an additional 6 baht per kilometer.
  5. Paying for personal protective equipment (PPE), deep cleaning of the transport and fuel for the vehicles capped at 3,700 baht per time

The social security fund relates to all workers paying the monthly social security as part of their pay, including foreigners with valid work permits. According to the announcement, if patients are seeking treatment at private hospitals, reimbursement will be made in line with the Public Health Ministry’s regulations.

NOTE: It is incumbent on everyone who goes into hospital for Covid-19 treatment to check the situation relating to their particular visa and work situation relating to re-imbursement.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post / Facebook

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    Daniel

    Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    An amazing and generous gesture by the Thai government who have handled the Covid-19 pandemic in the most efficient and caring manner.

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My name is Anukul, I a writer for the Thaiger, I specialise in translation articles and social media, and assisting with our video production. I previously worked at Phuket Gazette and attended BIS international school in Phuket.

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Government in control of Mor Chana app, says user data will be kept private

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The Thai government is taking full control of the Mor Chana application, which is used to trace Covid-19 infections and alert users if they are in a high risk area. The Digital Economy and Society Minister says the government will still be working closely with the app developers, adding that users can be assured that their data will be kept private.

The Mor Chana Volunteer Team, the app developer, made a post on their Facebook page saying the Mor Chana contact tracing application will be 100% under government management and control from now. The team will be responsible only for the open source programme development. The post has prompted public comments about the reason behind the application handover to the government.

Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta says the government will take full responsibility for the application management and control measures, but the collaboration with the app developers will continue. The developer team’s announcement is just to inform the public about the app.

He also says some app functions will be redesigned and adjusted to be more friendly to use and won’t violate users’ data privacy. Personal information such as users’ names and mobile numbers for registration won’t be required anymore.

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Visitors to Phuket from “highest risk” areas must show Covid-19 test results

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

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High demand for health insurance due to Covid-19 worries, premiums expected to rise

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With the increasing demands for health insurance due to people’s worries over Covid-19, health insurance premiums are expected to grow 1.59% this year, according to the Insurance Commission.

Commission secretary-general Suthipol Taweechaikarn says total premiums will see 101 billion baht revenues this year, an increase from 99 billion baht last year. He adds that the Covid-19 situation is a major factor in higher demand for health insurance policies as medical expenses are likely to increase every year.

Some insurance companies in Thailand have also found an increasing demand for health coverage policies among their customers, especially those with high purchasing power.

Deputy CEO of Tokio Marine Life Insurance Thailand says the company will offer annual premiums starting at 15,000 baht.

“The company aims to increase health insurance premiums to 50% this year from 40% last year.”

Cigna Insurance CEO says the company will use digital technology for product and service development to meet customers’ demands in the new normal lifestyle.

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