What you need to know about pre-existing conditions and insurance in Thailand

For expat teachers with pre-existing conditions, finding insurance coverage that covers these conditions can be challenging - but not impossible.

If you’re an expat teacher employed by a school in Thailand, chances are that you’ll have access to school-provided health insurance. Some of these plans may cover pre-existing conditions* under medical history disregarded (MHD) clauses, but many will unfortunately not cover pre-existing conditions.


Three tips for expat teachers seeking medical care in Thailand

Moving to Thailand to teach? As you’ll need to access medical care at some point, it’s best to be prepared beforehand.

Even if your school provides you with private health insurance as an employee benefit, it’s still worth doing your own research and arming yourself with knowledge.


COVID-19 and telehealth

How expats can access treatment remotely in Thailand

Certain positive cases can access remote treatment via one of three telehealth apps.


Bye bye 'test and go' scheme

Major travel restrictions are dropped just in time for the summer holidays.

Thailand is now dropping most of its entry requirements. I’ll get you up to speed with the latest changes in this article.


The expat's guide to social security in Thailand

While Thailand is hardly characterized as a welfare state, it does have a decent social security system in place.

If you’re legally employed by a company based in the country, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the social security system, though many expats and foreigners are unaware of how the system works or how to make full use of it.


Shopping around for health insurance

Five questions that teachers should be asking

I strongly recommend buying teacher's health insurance to protect yourself, your family, and your finances while you're here.


How far does a 40K salary go in Bangkok?

Will you be living well - or simply surviving?

Is it possible to live in Bangkok on a 30,000 baht teacher salary? OK, let's really drill down those numbers.


When illness strikes

Are you prepared for the unhealthier times?

As the old saying goes - don't leave home without it! Not your health insurance card anyway.


Where's Santa Claus

Remember - health insurance is a business

Taxpayer supported health care is not a yet a reality for most of us. Now, we have no other choice but to rely on private health insurers for our medical care needs.


Thai health insurance basics

What are the basic health insurance rules to keep in mind?

Two points to consider are firstly, you must live in Thailand to purchase health insurance in Thailand, and secondly, insurance in Thailand is regulated by the Department of Insurance.


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