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
paperwork
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
basket.
- 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
Burmese.
---  Did not have to fill out an application (However most hospitals will have you fill out an
application)
---  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

          
   Covered

-         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.
          
 Not Covered.

-        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.

[/update]

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
insurance card.

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.
The Thai government has started a new healthcare system which allows foreigners living in
Thailand to enroll in the UC (AKA “30 baht”) scheme on a fee basis.   






The premium is only 2,200 baht a year plus another 600 baht for initial medical screening.  

The system does not exclude most pre-existing conditions nor have an age limit.   

You cannot chose the hospital or Doctor but must register at the government hospital
responsible for the area where you live.  

The benefits are identical to those for Thais covered under the UC (AKA “30 baht” scheme).  

-  You do not have to be married to a Thai to apply-
-  At the Hospital ask for the person who handles the Health Insurance for the Burmese-
-  If applicants are rejected at the hospital, then they should ask the hospital staff to call this  
number  025 901 565, and clarify with HIGTHAI that they should be entitled to apply-
- You have to apply at the Government Hospital in your area-
- The Hospital must come under the "Ministry of Public Health (Suan Duak comes under CMU
University
)

              Documents Required

Not all Hospitals are asking for the same documents, but if you take with you the following documents
you should have everything you need to sign up for Insurance

- Copy of passport (First page with your picture;  page with visa stamp;  Arrival card)
- Proof of Residence (one of the following).  Take as many as you have, just in case
- Copy of Rental Contract or
- Yellow House Book
- Thai Driver License
-  I've also been told you can use a current electrice bill with your name and address on it
-  Letter from Landlord
- Copy of Thai Driving License
- 2 Passport size Photo's

You can be rejected if you test positive for the following

Prohibited substances (drugs)
Alcoholism
Syphillis
Tuberculosis
leprosy

If you turn up with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will probably be rejected
NOTE:  People with diabetes, HIV, heart disease, etc. will still be admitted to the scheme

Not Covered

Mental health problems.
Drug problems.
Auto or bike accidents.
Kidney dialysis.
Organ change.
Sex change or cosmetic surgery

-
 Click Here for a more indepth descrition from LannaCareNet.org
-  Click Here for a list of all Hospitals in Chiang Mai -
-  Click Here for a list of all Hospitals in Thailand by Province -
-  Click Here for an information brochure (in Thai)
- 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
road intersections.
Chiang Mai - Phrao area
about 180 yards on
14 rai 2 ngan 50 square
wah.
Phone: 0 53498 998
0 53498 996.
0 53 878 211 Fax.

GPS
18°55'13.76"N
98°59'32.19"E
______________________
Don's Life In Thailand (Chiang Mai)
Yellow Bus Stop
across the street
NakornPing Hospital
59 Moo 10 Tambon Don
Kaew, Mae Rim,  
Tel: 0-5399-9200
Fax: 0-5399-9221
E-mail:
nkp-hospital@live.com
.
Directions/Map
to
NakornPing Hospital

GPS
18°51'5.50"N
98°58'6.27"
















Hang Dong Hospital  

Highway 108, Hang Dong,
Chiang Mai

053 441 693

GPS
18°41'1.08"N
98°55'6.48"E
Government Health Care Plan for Foreigners (Expats) - TERMINATED

Feb 20, 2014  I just returned from Nakorn Ping Hospital in Chiang Mai to check on my X-rays.  

After they checked me in and sent me to a couple of windows, they told me to go to Window 15.

Here I was informed that the Department of Ministry sent a notice out to all Govt Hospital Nationwide
advising that there was a misunderstanding about the Govt Health Insurance for Expats.  

Expats do not qualify for the plan, so the plan for Expats has been terminated and the 2200 Baht that we
paid to join the plan, will be refunded to us.  

They were very nice and apologetic, but told me if I wanted to use their services today I would have to
pay for it.

They will be contacting all Expats who signed up for the plan and inform them how they can obtain a
refund of the 2200 baht we paid for the Insurance.

Apparently, since I was now a paying customer, they seem to put me in front of the patients who were on
the 30 baht plan.  To give you an idea of their charges, in case you want to use the Govt Hospital:  I had a
consultation for a previous X-ray, then got 2 X-rays of my hip and then another consultation with the
Doctor.  My total bill was 310 baht.

I know we're all disappointed, and I'm sure we would be willing to pay a higher premium if they start it
again in the future.

I'm reminded of the Expat, who had a card, that was complaining he had to pay 80 baht instead of the 30
baht when he went to the Hospital.  Yelling discrimination.  It's Expats like these that make it difficult for
the rest of us.
Government Health Care Plan for Foreigners (Expats) - TERMINATED

***  April 4  -  I Received a phone call  from Nakorn Ping Hospital on April 3. They ask
me to come to Hospital tomorrow to pick up my  2200 Baht.  The only thing I had to
bring was "Passport" and "Insurance Card"  Go to the Information Desk.  I picked up
my 2200   Baht with no problem.   If you didn't receive a call here's their number
086 445 5273.  All Hospitals are now issuing refunds (Check with your hospital for
their procedures)
If you used any of their medical services during the active period, the fees may be
deducted from the 2,200 THB
_________________________________________________________________________

Update as of March 4  from Expat in Saraphi

The Thai government has decided to stop the 30b program for foreigners, except
workers from Myanmar, Lao and Cambodia who have proper documents for their
stay in Thailand.

If you have not applied for a card don't bother. Not need to read further.

If you have a card and are one of the "other foreigners" like me, your insurance is
no longer in effect. You can get a refund on your card up to 2,200 THB. The
difference of 600 has to do with the tests that were made as part of the original
application process. If you used medical service during the active period the fees
may be deducted from the 2,200 THB

My Thai wife and I went to Saraphi Hospital in Chiang Mai today and everything was
explained to us. I was reimbursed within an hour.

At Saraphi hospital I had to give them my original receipt. I was luck, my wife keeps
good records.

Again, at Saraphi, if you do not have a receipt, but have your Hospital ID, you have
to go to the police station and file a claim for a lost receipt. Take your ID plus the
police claim to window 14, Saraphi Hospital. You won't receive your refund until the
next day because thy have to find the copy of your receipt in their files.

The process may be a little different at each hospital. I was the first to ask for a
refund at Saraphi so there was some confusion, but now they seem to have the
process in order.

The decisions effect all of Thailand. A copy of the directive, in Thai, is attached.

There is "talk of a new separate system for "us" but don't hold your breath.

Good Luck,

Harry
_________________________________________________________________________


Update:  As of Feb 28  I've been told that San Sai Hospital and Hang Dong Hospital
(Chiang Mai) are still accepting foreigners under the 30 baht plan.

Feb 20, 2014  I just returned from Nakorn Ping Hospital in Chiang Mai to check on my X-rays.  

After they checked me in and sent me to a couple of windows, they told me to go to Window 15.

Here I was informed that the Department of Ministry sent a notice out to all Govt Hospital Nationwide
advising that there was a misunderstanding about the Govt Health Insurance Plan for Expats.  

Expats do not qualify for the plan, so the plan for Expats has been terminated and the 2200 Baht that we
paid to join the plan, will be refunded to us. They will be contacting all Expats who signed up for the plan
and inform them how they can obtain a refund of the 2200 baht we paid for the Insurance
.

They were very nice and apologetic, but told me if I wanted to use their services today I would have to
pay for it.

Apparently, since I was now a paying customer, they seem to put me in front of the patients who were on
the 30 baht plan.  To give you an idea of their charges, in case you want to use the Govt Hospital:  I had a
consultation for a previous X-ray, then got 2 X-rays of my hip and then another consultation with the
Doctor.  My total bill was 310 baht.

I know we're all disappointed, and I'm sure we would be willing to pay a higher premium if they start it
again in the future.

I'm reminded of the Expat, who had a card, that was complaining he had to pay 80 baht instead of the 30
baht when he went to the Hospital.  Yelling discrimination.  It's Expats like these that make it difficult for
the rest of us.
Here's the latest as of April 4, 2014

***  April 4  -  I  Received phone call  from Nakorn Ping Hospital on April 3. They ask
me to come to Hospital tomorrow to pick up my
 2200 Baht.  The only thing I had to bring was "Passport" and "Insurance Card"  Go
to the Information Desk.  I picked up my 2200
 Baht with no problem.   If you didn't receive a call here's their number 086 445
5273.  All Hospitals are now issuing refunds (Check with
 your hospital for their procedures.

______________________________________________________________________________
Status as of March 2014 from Lannacarenet.org


Thai Government Health Insurance for Foreigners
Current Status as of March, 2014 of

Foreigner Health Insurance Program

provided by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in late 2013

In August 2013, the Thai MOPH initiated a new system allowing foreigners living in
Thailand to enroll in their Universal Coverage (UC) health care program, often called
the “30 baht program”, on an annual fee basis. Originally the system was
developed for migrant workers and their families and priced accordingly at an
annual total of 2,800 baht (inclusive of insurance premium and mandated physical
exam), but a change was made later in 2013 that permitted government hospitals to
enroll all foreigners, not just migrant workers from neighboring countries and their
families.

This UC health insurance accepted all applicants, with no upper age limit and
covered pre-existing conditions. Out-patient doctor appointments, most
medications, dental and vision care were included, in addition to in-patient
treatment – all for a very modest charge per visit. Applicants enrolled at the
hospital which served their amphur. If a hospital could not provide a needed
service, then they referred patients to a higher-level hospital. Patients could go to
any government hospital for service in life-threatening emergencies.

The acceptance of all foreigners into the UC program was never implemented
uniformly across Thailand. Participation seemed to be up to the discretion of the
province or even the local hospital. But here in Chiang Mai province, the following
hospitals issued insurance cards to foreigners of all nationalities:

Nakorn Ping (for residents of Amphur Muang and Mae Rim)

Sansai

Hang Dong

Fang

Saraphi

Sankampaeng

Doi Saket

As of December 3, 2013 Nakorn Ping hospital announced it would not accept new
enrollments into the UC for foreigner program, because of the high number of
elderly foreign people with critical health problems who enrolled during the first six
weeks of the program. They continued to extend services to those already
enrolled, but ceased on February 13, 2014. A couple weeks later, they announced
they will issue a refund to all foreigners who have had their insurance cancelled –
but will deduct the cost of services utilized from the refund. The claim for refund
must be made in person at Nakorn Ping hospital. It is necessary to bring your
passport, original receipt for the insurance and insurance card. If you do not have
any of these items you must bring a police report stating they are missing.

We have received reports that other hospitals in the province are no longer
enrolling non-migrant laborer foreigners and that most have also stopped providing
services to those already enrolled. The exact procedures for refunds at those
hospitals remains unclear, but we anticipate it to be similar to that at Nakorn Ping
hospital – the cost of services provided will be deducted from the refund.

There is a possibility that a formerly insured person could be asked to pay for the
cost of services that exceed the value of the insurance. We have not heard reports
of this happening, but the language of the directive from the provincial MOPH to the
hospitals leaves this possibility open.

We are aware of no current plans to re-evaluate this program and perhaps change
the cost or administration so that foreigners could participate in the Thai UC health
care program
Healthcare Card from Nakornping Hospital