Thailand mulls health insurance for foreigners

As part of its preparations prior to 2015’s formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Thailand is working on a plan to offer health insurance to foreigners traveling within its borders.

According to a statement from Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong, Thailand is preparing to offer health insurance to migrant workers living in Thailand, as well as to expatriates and their families.

Thailand is also working on a plan to address the healthcare needs of populations in adjacent countries, such as Cambodia and Laos, as well.

Thai ministers are expecting a marked increase in medical tourists from these countries and have proposed the creation of set prices for medical treatments, which will apply to all visitors from these neighboring nations. Pradit also said that Thailand will work with NGOs such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to bolster its neighbors’ healthcare infrastructure, therefore obviating the need for cross-border medical traffic.

The Bangkok Post reports that the Health Ministry will enact a “health card” scheme this May, and encourage expat residents to purchase these health cards for their children.

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