Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

PHUKET: There is no lack of evidence about the alarming number of tourist deaths in the 'Land of Smiles'. According to the ‘Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud’, there was a whopping 54 per cent increase in tourist deaths in 2015 (latest data available) as compared to 2014. This figure includes tourists only. The actual number including expats is likely higher, as can be seen in the statistics provided by the Farang Deaths project. Private hospitals in Phuket were asked to answer the same questions referred to in this article, but they declined to participate in the story. The Australian Department of F

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 02:30 PM

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Ghost riding Phuket motorcyclist killed in collision with British woman

Ghost riding Phuket motorcyclist killed in collision with British woman

PHUKET: A 62-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car driven by a 31-year-old British woman in Thalang last night. “The accident occurred at about 9:05pm on Thepkrasattri Road (southbound) near the Shell gas station in Thalang. At the scene, we found the body of Pongsak Sripuek lying face down on the ground. His arms and legs were broken and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Lt Sunan Petnhu of Thalang Police. The driver, Jayne Pauline Watt, sustained minor injuries. The deceased’s body was taken to Thalang Hospital. “According to witnesses, Ms Watt was heading back from the airport, driving s

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 01:15 PM

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Phuket tour bus crashes in Patong

Phuket tour bus crashes in Patong

PHUKET: A tour bus full of Chinese nationals crashed into several cars on Patong Hill road last night, creating a massive traffic jam due to additional Songkran visitors. Lt Col Pattapee Srichai of the Patong Police received reports of the incident at about 7pm. “We arrived to see a 'Somsak Transport Company' bus with a broken front windscreen and several other cars that were damaged on the road. The bus had first smashed into a Toyota SUV, which in turn crashed into at least five other vehicles,” said the colonel. More and more people piled up and got caught in the traffic jam that ensued. Bus driver Charun Sillapakarn

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 01:58 PM

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Phang Nga to create underwater tourist attraction

Phang Nga to create underwater tourist attraction

PHUKET: More than 20 decommissioned army trucks were lowered into the water with the aim of enhancing marine life in Phang Nga yesterday. The project was launched in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. “We have placed artificial coral, army vehicles (for coral to grow on) and a statue of a sea turtle in order to revive tourism and marine life in areas that were destroyed in the 2004 Tsunami,” said Rak Khaolak Foundation Chief Sompong Daopiset. “Our plan is to add more statues in the coming years. These will tell the story of the culture of Phang Nga,” he added. Fourth Army commander Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich presided

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 04:42 PM

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Little Phuket girl rewarded for returning bag full of cash and gold

Little Phuket girl rewarded for returning bag full of cash and gold

PHUKET: A nine-year-old girl received a reward for returning a bag containing 130,000 baht in cash and 90 grams of gold yesterday afternoon. Piyarat Boonkek and her parents met with 55-year-old Nukhlia Sangkaew, the owner of the bag at Kamala Police Station to return it. Ms Nukhlia told Police officers that at about 2:30pm she withdrew the cash from the bank and planned to pay a hospital bill. On her way back home, she got caught in heavy rain, during which the bag may have fallen on the road. When she realized that her bag was missing, she reportedly fainted. When she woke up, she backtracked her route on her motorbike tw

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 11:01 AM

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Officials say Phuket ready to deal with Songkran influx

Officials say Phuket ready to deal with Songkran influx

PHUKET: The island’s officials are preparing to manage the influx of visitors, both local and foreign, who swarm into Phuket during Songkran, which is being celebrated nationwide this week. Phuket International Airport Director Monrudee Gettuphan has confirmed that an in-line screening system was recently added to the airport, which will help ease passenger congestion, make processing times faster and highlighting and alleviating any ‘suspicious circumstances’ that might affect the island. Newly appointed Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong emphasized Songkran safety as his top priority on his first day in office today.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 10:00 AM

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