Case You Trip Over Your Shoelaces…
by Simon Black: Let’s
Talk About Facts, Not Fear
Im one of those idiots who pays into a health insurance plan
month after month, year after year, and never goes to the doctor.
In fact, Ive had my current plan for years without ever filing
a claim. The only reason to have it is the unlikely event that I
trip over my shoelace while visiting the US and end up with a $200,000
emergency room bill.
Everywhere else, insurance isnt necessary; the price of healthcare
in most places is reasonable enough to pay cash.
Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in Thailand
one of the most advanced, highest quality, and cheapest private
healthcare systems on the planet.
Every time Im here, I visit a hospital just to try things
out; my experiences have always been stellar. And speedy.
Just yesterday I dropped in (without an appointment) to Bangkok
Hospitals Pattaya branch to check my cholesterol. There was
zero paperwork upon check-in
no stupid forms, no clipboards.
And I went straight to the back. No waiting around.
Afterwards, one of the staff physicians came over to chat. His
English was perfect, and it seemed as if I was his only patient
of the day.
Thats perhaps one of the most important points about healthcare
here the staff/patient ratio is astoundingly high, so you
get a tremendous amount of personal attention.
The whole experience is also very private. I use an assumed name
at the hospital. Ive never given them any ID. And obviously
theres no insurance company or government agency demanding
The biggest benefit, though, is cost. Or lack thereof. The amount
I paid for my visit yesterday wouldnt buy a beer in some countries.
And the sticker shock applies universally to all tests and procedures,
from imaging to chemotherapy to fertility treatments to elective
The physicians here are excellent. But for those who cant
get over the idea of a foreign doctor, one approach is hiring a
specialist in your home country to consult and be the quarterback
of your care. You get all the expensive tests, imaging, and labs
done in Thailand, then send the results back home.
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© 2012 Sovereign Man
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