Health Insurance Now Mandatory For Retirement Visa Holders

Published on 14th May 2019 by Stickboy BKK

Health Insurance Now Mandatory For Retirement Visa Holders

Health insurance for retirement visa holders in Thailand will now be made mandatory, according to an announcement on Monday from the Health Service Support Department.

Holders of Non-Immigrant Visa-O-A (Long Stay) visas will now need to show an insurance policy that covers them for up to 40,000 baht for outpatient treatment and up to 400,000 baht for inpatient treatment.

Nattawuth Prasert-siripong, director-general Health Service Support Department told reporters, “The Cabinet has already approved the new rule”, adding the new rules have been introduced to ease the financial burden placed on state hospitals by foreigners.

He said the new requirement s apply to both new applicants and those wishing to renew their O-A visa.

Both local and foreign insurance policies were acceptable.

When asked about those over 50 who for health reasons don’t qualify for a policy due to pre-existing conditions, the director-general suggested higher deposits in a Thai bank may be required.

Exactly when this kicks in wasn’t mentioned in any news reports covering the story.

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