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Overview of the health system in Thailand

The establishment of a universal social security system is very recent in Thailand. The country is going to focus on social protection in the late 1960s and it was not until the 2000s that a universal health system emerged. Today, although some private insurances cover some very wealthy Thai families, this remains a marginal phenomenon and almost all of the population is taken care of by the national public system. This plan is open to you if you become a Thai resident and contribute to the scheme but still today has many flaws.

Should you take health insurance in Thailand?

Whether you are a simple traveler, seconded or expatriate: we strongly advise you to take out private Thailand insurance. Depending on the region in which you reside, not all health facilities are of high quality and are often far removed from the European standards we know. As a traveler, you have no right to social protection in the country. It is therefore very important to take out insurance Thailand before your departure so as not to be without protection. We also advise expatriates residing in Thailand to choose an international health insurance. This will enable them to benefit from repatriation insurance, civil liability and also to be able to seek treatment in institutions other than public hospitals and clinics, which sometimes provide lower quality care.

Security risks in Thailand

Thailand has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world. It is therefore advisable to be particularly careful when traveling in the country. Traveling in 2 wheels is to be avoided, this mode of traffic including the highest rate of fatal accidents.

Small delinquency is legion in Thailand: robberies, scams, burglaries, nocturnal aggressions, even even sexual delinquency. We advise you to exercise extreme caution and observe reasonable behavior. In order to enjoy his stay in Thailand, it is necessary to show a little distrust, especially in Bangkok.

The state of emergency has been declared in the south of the country and it is strongly discouraged to stay there.

Health risks in Thailand

Thailand reports the same health risks as most of its neighbors in Southeast Asia and requires travelers and expatriates to take some precautions.

Foot-Hand-Mouth Syndrome

A childhood illness that causes thousands of patients every year in Thailand, foot-and-mouth syndrome attacks mostly children under 10 years of age. If you notice fevers, rashes and mucous membranes in your children, consult a doctor.

The dengue

Disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, dengue fever is like a big flu. No preventive medicine exists at the moment, so it is recommended to avoid the mosquitoes and to take care of Paracetamol in first necessity. Aspirin is to be banished completely so as not to aggravate the situation.

The Zika virus

Transmitted by mosquitoes but also by sexual means, the Zika virus is present in Thailand. It is therefore very important to prevent the risks of contamination as for the dengue mentioned above. The symptoms are usually the same: fever, headache, joint pain, rash, but in rare cases complications arise. A doctor should be consulted very quickly.


Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that still has a strong presence in Thailand. As a preventive measure, consider mosquito repellents and cover yourself well. If you are planning a long trip into the Thai countryside, medication may be prescribed. Ask your doctor.

The "Haze" pollution mist

Every year from October to November, the southern provinces of Thailand are invaded by a strong fog of fires caused by neighboring countries. This fog is dangerous for your health. The same phenomenon is also visible from February to April in the cities of the north of the country.

The flu

Each year, Thailand lists several cases of H1N1 flu and avian influenza. Depending on the case, the disease can be very serious or even fatal. In order to avoid danger, consider avoiding poultry in cages in cities and washing your hands as often as possible. In case of doubt of transmission: consult a doctor immediately!

The coronavirus

2 cases of coronaviruses were recorded in Thailand in 2015 and 2016. This is a lung infection that can range from mild cold to severe respiratory complications. No vaccine is currently available regarding this disease, it is advisable to avoid crowds and to wash hands well. If in doubt when you return to France: call 15 and specify the nature of the trip.

Food hygiene

As a hot and humid country, Thailand is full of bacteria that will be happy to come and infect you. In order to prevent any risk of poisoning or digestive disease, there are some basic precautionary rules:

Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day especially before meals
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating
Avoid cold buffets

Subscribe GoldExpat insurance for your expatriation in Thailand

To assist you in your expatriation in Thailand, Mondassur offers GoldExpat, Thailand insurance ideal for expatriates in Thailand. GoldExpat is:

Hospitalization at 100% of actual costs

Hospitalization must be reimbursed 100% of actual costs incurred, it is a real necessity for a Thailand insurance. The costs of hospitalization in Thailand are high, so you must be 100% covered in the event of an accident.

Taking responsibility for civil liability

Being covered is one thing, but being covered for damage to others is another! Imagine damaging the front of a restaurant in Bangkok, you will have to replace it or repair it and the costs will be borne by your insurance if you benefit from this guarantee!

Taking charge of repatriation

There are many cases or medical situations where repatriation to the country of origin is mandatory or strongly recommended. Where the Thai social security system will never allow repatriation, private health insurance will allow you to return to your country for treatment.

In all these situations and so many others, GoldExpat Thailand insurance covers you and guarantees you immediate coverage for a very reasonable price.

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