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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Angry German charged in Phuket for running red light, tossing car keys

Angry German charged in Phuket for running red light, tossing car keys

PHUKET: An indignant German woman was arrested this morning after she ran a red light and threw the keys to her BMW on the roof of a house near Chalong Circle. Lt Thanakrit Iemchonkham of Chalong Police received reports of the incident at about 10am. “We were told that the driver of a BMW X1 SUV ran a red light at the Kok Tanot Junction on Chao Fah West Road and proceeded to drive dangerously toward Chalong Circle. We alerted our traffic police officers to stop the car,” said Lt Thanakrit. The 55-year-old driver, Sandra Christiane Grunewald, ignored officers’ instructions to exit the vehicle and continued to talk on her

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 06:21 PM

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Emergency tsunami, fire drill held in Phuket

Emergency tsunami, fire drill held in Phuket

PHUKET: An earthquake and fire drill was organized in Phuket this morning. “At 10am, we simulated an 8.9 richter earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, which is 1,097 kilometers away from Phuket. We then waited for a tsunami warning from the National Disaster Warning Center,” said Phuket Vice Governor Sanith Sriwihok. All relevant officers were instructed to warn locals and be ready to evacuate the area. The evacuation times were 11:48am for Karon, 11:55am for Patong and 12:02pm for Nai Yang. At 10:30am, the center lifted the warning and everything went back to the normal. During the drill, officers also simulated a pick-up t

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 05:14 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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