|Below is infomation from Expats who have received the Card
- My own experience at Nakorn Ping Hospital (Chiang Mai)
- Information from Expat in Hang Dong (Chiang Mai) -
- Information from Expat in Korat -
- Information from Udon-News.com for Udonthani Hospital -
My own Experience (Nakorn Ping Hospital)
Application Desk Window 2 Window 18 Window 6 Window 101 Window 7
(Click pictures to enlarge)
Went to Nakorn Ping Hospital, in Chiang Mai, today (Nov 13) to sign up for the
Government Insurance plan for Foreigners. Above pictures are in order.
There is no parking structure at the Hospital. There is limited parking in
front and along the side of the Hospital. If you came by Tuk Tuk or
Songthaew, when you are finished, there is a Yellow Bus stop across the
street under the pedestrian overpass. It will take you to the Chang Puak
Bus Station in town. If you want to catch the yellow bus to Nakorn Ping
just go to the Chang Puak Bus Station. The cost is 15 Baht.
NOTE: The application desk is closed for lunch 12:00 - 1 pm
1. Arrived at Hospital at 1:15 pm
2. Went to the Main lobby. There is an Orange counter there where you need to register
- There was no application form to fill out
- No pictures were required (I brought 2 pictures just in case)
- Gave them a copy of my Passport
- Gave them a copy of my Rental Agreement. (I had a copy of my Thai Driver
License, but they didn't ask for it)
3. From here they sent me to Window 2 (just to the right of the orange counter) for some
4. Next they sent me to Window 18.
- They gave me a bottle to collect a urine sample
- After relieving myself in the bottle, I return to Window 18
- Next to the Window is a basket with urine samples. I placed my sample into the
- Next to the basket, there is a door (part of Window 18)
- Waited at this door to give a blood sample
5. From here they sent me to Window 6 to pay 2800 Baht. Window 6 was pretty busy so
they sent me to Window 101 in the lobby to pay (not busy at all)
6. Now I had to go to Window 27 to register for an X-ray (forgot to take a picture of #27)
7. Now it's off to Window 7 for the X-ray
Completed everything by 2:00 pm (total time 45 minutes). My girlfriend took me there
and waited for me to complete everything. If I had gone without her it would have
probably taken a little longer as I might not have understood some of the directions.
I was told to come back on November 19 and go to Window 18 to pick up my card.
Returned to NakornPing on Nov 20 and picked up my card. The X-ray showed my
herniated disc. The Nurse ask me if I wanted to see the Doctor now. I declined, but they
were going to let me talk to the Doctor right away.
NOTE: If you have to go to the Hospital for care and you are 70 or older, do not get a
queue number. Go directly to Window 101 for faster service.
Information from Expat in Hang Dong
--- Went to the Hospital and ask for the person who handles the Health Insurance for the
--- Did not have to fill out an application (However most hospitals will have you fill out an
--- Gave them:
--- Copy of passport (First page with your picture; page with visa stamp; Arrival card)
--- Copy of Rental Contract or Yellow House Book
--- Copy of Thai Driving License
--- 2 Passport size Photo's
--- Paid 2800 Baht (2200 for the Health Plan and 600 Baht for the medical exam)
--- Was given a Chest X-ray
--- They took a blood sample and a urine sample
--- They told him to come back on November 5 to pick up his card
--- He was also told that this Insurance does not cover Auto or Motorcycle accidents as your
vehicle Insurance will cover you in case of an accident
--- Nov 6 Picked up his card
Information from Expat in Korat
- arrived at Theparat Hospital 8am. Go to counter 1 to register.
- weight and height taken, then blood pressure.
- then x-ray, blood test, urine test.
- then wait for the results[45mins]
- see the doctor.
- pay 600 for the medical.
- then go and register. pay 2,200bht.
All along you will be told where to go for each test staff very efficient. out 10.45am.
The wife was handed what you can expect and what is not covered.
This is a translation of the leaflet I was given. Apart from their ability to speak English I could
not fault the service
- check up and treatment if needed.
- dental, tooth extraction, cleaning and filling.
- vaccine for your children age 0-15yrs.
- room and service plus basic food.
- treatment expenses.
- emergency in case of an accident.
- if you need to be transferred to in my case Maharaj
- looking after you and check ups when pregnant, and during the birth.
- birth control.
- mental health problems.
- drug problems.
- car or bike accidents.
- kidney dialysis.
- organ change.
- sex change or cosmetic surgery.
hope this gives you some idea what to expect.
This information is from the Udon-News.com
This information is for the Udonthani Hospital only.
Health Insurance for Foreigners
Since mid-August, foreigners who live in Udon Thani Muang district have the opportunity to
join the Thai national health insurance scheme. The decisive criterion is fixed residence,
which must be demonstrated by the production of a yellow house book. If you are married to a
Thai, it seems that you will not neccessarily need to produce a yellow house book. You can
apply for the Insurance scheme by producing your spouse, marriage documents, and blue
house book. If the spouse does not go with you, then the yellow house book is mandatory.
[Update 28th October 2014]
Despite the fact that we were told on Friday that Udon Hospital would be accepting
applications for the health scheme from foreigners, we have found out today that they still
aren't! Instead they are told to write in to join a waiting list. We will keep enquiring about this
problem until it is resolved satisfactorily.
[Update 25th October 2014]
With immediate effect all foreigners living in Udon Thani including farangs can sign up for the
Health Card For Foreigners scheme at Udon Hospital at Nong Prajak again.
We have today - 24th October 2013 - received an interesting comment, then phoned the
insurance company in Bangkok.
The insurance company is the HIGTHAI - www.higthai.org. We have requested clarification from
the company about for whom the insurance is intended. We were told that the insurance was
designed for foreigners, regardless of their nationality, thus also for farangs!
Furthermore, we asked whether hospitals would have a quota , which would limit the intake of
insured. They told us that there were no limits as to numbers.
Our contact has allowed us to publish their phone number in this article. If applicants are
rejected at the hospital, then they could ask the hospital staff to ring this number; 025 901 580,
and clarify with HIGTHAI that they should be entitled to apply.
On applying for the insurance you will be subjected to a comprehensive health check at Udon
Hospital next to Nongprajak Park. The entire procedure for application works as follows:
Take with you your yellow house book, passport, and if applicable, marriage certificate and
identification documents of your spouse. If you can read, write and speak Thai well, then you
can make the application process alone. If not, you will need to take a Thai speaker to help.
1. At the main entrance of the hospital ask where to find the room to apply for insurance. To
describe the way here would be too difficult!
2. Once there, express your desire to join the insurance scheme.
3. You will be given a registration form, which is predominantly filled in in Thai. Also your
photo and fingerprints will be taken. Once you have completed the form, you get a docket
where the various stations are listed that you work through.
4. At the first station you now pay 2,800 baht, 2,200 for one year's insurance and 600 for your
medical check. For children the insurance costs 365 baht and no health check is required.
5. At the next station, your blood pressure is measured and you will be asked about any
medical conditions and allergies. In addition, your weight and height are recorded.
6. At the next station you give blood and urine samples for further investigation.
7. At the next station, the upper body is X-rayed, the images to be collected 30 minutes later at
the same station.
8. Take the X-rays back to the station where your blood pressure was measured.
9. There you wait as all the results of the various tests are collated, and then you will meet a
doctor to discuss any issues.
10. Lastly you return to the desk where you originally made your application to receive your
If any health problems were identified in the investigation, you may get an appointment for the
next day for further clarification or appropriate medication. In our case today antihypertensive
medicine was prescribed, and, in another case, an appointment was made with a specialist at
the hospital for the next day. In any case, you get the insurance card. Exclusion criteria are the
presence of prohibited toxic substances (drugs) in the blood and / or urine, alcoholism, syphilis
infection and tuberculosis. If you turn up with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will
probably be rejected. People with diabetes, HIV, heart disease, etc. will still be admitted to the
scheme. The whole process takes up to a day (7 hours), so you should take a book or
something else to pass the time.
The policy covers the cost of all medical treatments and prescribed medication in Udonthani
Hospital, including cancer and HIV therapy! The cost to stay in the hospital in a ward is charged
350 baht per day (excluding food). For 700 baht per day you can stay in a private room, and for
1,500 baht per day you can have a VIP room. The insurance is valid for one year. For the
renewal the same health check is required.
The insurance should be valid and available in all Thai provinces, and the fee will be the same.
We expressly point out that we can only report on experiences from Udon Thani, where
applicants could ensure success. We'd be happy to hear reports from other provinces, in the
comments section below.
In this information booklet the insurance conditions are listed (in Thai). The second page is a
part of the ministerial decree about the new scheme.
Here you can download the full decree (in Thai).
Click here for the application form.
|- Terminated -
Thai Government Health Insurance for Foreigners
|San Sai Hospital
201 Moo 11 Tambon Nong
Han District, Chiang Mai
Located on Route
Sai - Chiang Mai from
Chiang Mai - Phrao area
about 180 yards on
14 rai 2 ngan 50 square
Phone: 0 53498 998
0 53498 996.
0 53 878 211 Fax.
|Yellow Bus Stop
across the street
|Healthcare Card from Nakornping Hospital