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Don’t get sick at Suvarnabhumi Airport! Emergency response can be pricey.

Petch Petpailin

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A Thai man has posted the story about his father, saying his father was a taxi driver and became ill while waiting for passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport. He claimed the airport allowed only their ’emergency response team’ to transport his father to a nearby hospital and charged him a hefty 13,000 baht for the pleasure! He added that poor people simply didn’t have choices if getting sick at the airport.

“What if I am a poor person who doesn’t have any money to pay?”

He explained that his father became ill whilst waiting at a parking area inside Suvarnabhumi Airport on the night of April 25. People nearby called the National Institute for Emergency Medicine via a hotline 1669 to attend to the man. But the institute refused to come saying the airport was a ‘special administrative region’ that they were unable to access.

He confirmed that his father was finally taken to the nearby Sirindhorn Hospital, about 12 kilometres away from the airport. His father was treated at the hospital but died the following day. On the very same day, the airport’s emergency response team contacted him and informed him of the 13,000 baht fee that he was expected to pay for the transport of his ailing father and the first-aid given to him along the way.

“There was no choice for poor people. If you don’t have money, do not get sick inside the airport.”

Yesterday, Suvarnabhumi Airport responded to the posts and online discussion, mostly horrified by the airport’s exorbitant fees for transporting anyone sick from the airport. They noted that management didn’t have a policy to ban local rescue groups or the National Institute for Emergency Medicine team. The airport said that, in this case, the airport’s Security Control Centre received a call and immediately sent the rescue team from the Samitivej Clinic Suvarnabhumim (private in-house medical contractor) to attend to the patient.

The airport emphasised that the rescue teams from many organisations have been allowed to work on emergencies or accidents inside the airport area all the time.

SOURCE: Dailynews | ตุ๊กติ๊ก ฅนเฉียงเหนือ

 

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    Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.

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