Connect with us

Other News

30-baht nightmare

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

30-baht nightmare | Thaiger

UBON RATCHATHANI: A housewife in Muang District found out the hard way that the state’s 30-baht medical care scheme doesn’t always guarantee top-notch care. Puttachart Nammontri, 32, was admitted to Ubonrak Thonburi Hospital in Muang District to give birth to her second baby girl, on March 10 last year. She told her gynecologist, Dr Jamras Poompuang, that she wanted to be sterilized by tubal ligation after the birth. Both procedures apparently went normally and K. Puttachart was soon released with her infant daughter. But about two months later, she began to experience some very distressing symptoms. During what should have been a bowel movement, excretions no longer exited via the appropriate rear channel but, instead, out the front. Poor Puttachart was unable to control herself and – afraid to go out anywhere – soon became housebound. Her husband was forced to be the family’s sole breadwinner, but he made less than 100 baht a day, leaving the family in ever-worsening poverty. K. Puttachart said that when she returned to see Dr Jamras, he said nothing and simply prescribed her some antacid pills. She also learned that, like many other private hospitals, Ubonrak Thonburi had opted out of the 30-baht scheme; she could no longer afford treatment there. As she couldn’t afford the transport to Samphasitprasong government hospital, far from where she lived, she went home hoping that some kind soul would give her the money she needed for treatment. But nobody did. As a result, she suffered from this dangerous condition for well over a year. It was only when a reporter heard of K. Puttachart’s plight and confronted the hospital that doctors there agreed to give K. Puttachart a full gynecological check-up and perform whatever surgery she needed to fix the problem – all free of charge.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime1 hour ago

Woman who cut safety rope of workers offers feeble excuse

Video1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | Dirty gloves probe, Bocelli & Lisa, ASEAN fallout | October 27

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Police seize Covid-19 antiviral drugs allegedly stolen by hospital manager

Sponsored9 hours ago

Top 5 dental clinics by Dental Corporations PLC in Thailand

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand2 hours ago

Student dies after receiving second Covid-19 vaccine shot

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Foreign Ministry denies blocking Poland’s donation of vaccines

Thailand2 hours ago

Travellers now exempt from quarantine advised to directly contact AQ hotels for refund

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime3 hours ago

Legal proceedings expected this week for “Joe Ferrari” death in custody case

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 8,452 new cases; provincial totals

Bangkok4 hours ago

Police bust Bangkok pub serving alcohol, 61 arrested

Bangkok4 hours ago

Russell Crowe bids Bangkok goodbye after much-praised tweets

Thailand4 hours ago

Thai government forms panel to probe the export of used medical gloves

ASEAN5 hours ago

Myanmar no-show a focus as ASEAN summit gets underway

Drugs5 hours ago

Police arrest 3 vans in Korat with 1.82 tonnes of marijuana

Thailand5 hours ago

Sedatives and painkillers, Thai new year – 3 million USD on 2 people | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 47

Drugs6 hours ago

Truck stopped in Chiang Mai with methamphetamine and heroin

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending