Tourists with mild symptoms may have Covid treatment covered by Thai insurance

The government has decided to allow Thai insurance companies to offer new Covid-19 treatment packages to foreign tourists, according to a report from Nation Thailand. In addition, Tares Krassanairawiwong of the Department of Health Services Support said that more isolation facilities in hotels, so-called “hospitals”, will be made available to tourists with mild symptoms.

Tares says many infected tourists struggle with insurance policies taken out in their home country before travel, as most policies will not cover treatment if a Covid-19 patient has only mild symptoms. He says if tourists can avail the packages of Thai insurance companies, it will allow them to claim the processing fee.

“In this regard, the department proposed that the Office of Insurance Commission allow Thai health insurance companies to launch packages covering Covid-19 treatment for foreign tourists. This will help foreign tourists to claim the processing fee faster. It normally takes 7-10 days to claim expenses from some foreign health insurance companies.

Meanwhile, Nation Thailand reports that a growing number of hotels are applying to become “hospitals,” providing hotel room isolation to asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms. According to Tares, the eastern province of Chon Buri has implemented a hotel isolation program for foreign tourists. Most patients on the diet do not develop any symptoms. Tares says he expects other hotels in major tourist provinces to convert their facilities to hospitals as well.

“Treatment expenses under the hotel isolation program will remain at 1,000 baht per person, in accordance with National Health Security Office regulations.”

Earlier this week, another 300 hotel seclusion rooms were opened on the southern island of Phuket, providing isolation facilities for infected tourists with mild or no symptoms.

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THE SOURCE: Nation Thailand