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Thai media Thai Rath published a full list of places and prices where people could go to get Covid-19 tests.

 

They said that 3 million people had been tested in state and private hospitals and other facilities. 

 

A total of 29,685 have had positive tests so far - about 1% of those tested. 

 

There are 275 facilities nationwide.

 

Of these there are 106 in Bangkok and surrounding areas - 43 state hospitals and 63 private. 

 

There are 169 in the provinces - 133 state and 36 private.

 

Information can be garnered via the Department of Medical Science website at:

 

service.dmsc.moph.go.th/labscovid19 

 

and following the links.

 

Examples in Chiang Mai are:

San Sai Hospital

Maharat Nakhon Chiang Mai

Clinics at CMUni

Nakhon Ping

and others

 

Some people qualify for free testing if they satisfy certain conditions like coming from risky areas or having been in contact with infected people. 

 

Costs 

 

For RT-PCR tests.

 

State Hospital starts at 1,500 baht

Private hospitals start at 3,000 baht

 

Other tests can be cheaper but will need to be followed up with RT-PCR if the patient is positive. 

 

Some private hospitals are offering drive-thru facilities for testing. Some examples and prices are listed here:

 

1. Chularat 9 Airport - ask for prices there

2. Prince Suvarnabhumi 3,800 baht

3. Thonburi Bamrung Muang 2,500

4.Ramkhamhaeng 3,500

5. Chularat 3 3,000 

6. Thonburi 6,500

7. Bang Pho 3,000

8. SinPhaet Ram Intra - ask for prices there.

 

People can wait for the results at drive thru's but certification entails more exopnditure said the media.

 

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4 minutes ago, webfact said:

State Hospital starts at 1,500 baht

Private hospitals start at 3,000 baht

 

Should be free ! That is a lot of money for some citizens.

But submarines are probably more important than the well being of your fellow people ? 

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34 minutes ago, webfact said:

State Hospital starts at 1,500 baht

Private hospitals start at 3,000 baht

so - let us see: a person on the minimum (and we all know that is effectively, certainly " up country" for very many the standard) wage is receiving around 2000 baht a week.

 

Not going to be many going for tests then.

 

Should keep the numbers manageable...

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30 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

Should be free ! That is a lot of money for some citizens.

But submarines are probably more important than the well being of your fellow people ? 

Agree with you. Wonder what would happen If I walked into Bangkok Hospital Udon,  chained myself to a pillar and then started coughing and complain of a sore throat and lost my sense of taste ?

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55 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

Should be free ! That is a lot of money for some citizens.

But submarines are probably more important than the well being of your fellow people ? 

 

There is information on the ThaiRath page how to get free covid-19 tests. They even explain how to use the search functionality to find the one nearest to you. Read it please

 

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28 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

so - let us see: a person on the minimum (and we all know that is effectively, certainly " up country" for very many the standard) wage is receiving around 2000 baht a week.

 

Not going to be many going for tests then.

 

Should keep the numbers manageable...

 

Don't post incorrect information only because you can't read the ThaiRath page. There is information there how to get free covid-19 tests. They even explain how to use the search functionality to find the one nearest to you. 

 

Read the linked page before you answer please.

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1 minute ago, MikeyIdea said:

 

Don't post incorrect information only because you can't read the ThaRath page. Read the linked page before you answer please.

What is incorrect about my post then? The estimate of peoples income? The expectation that they will be unable to spend that much money? 

 

It was opinions not information. Don't presume to tell me and others what we can and can't post!

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16 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

What is incorrect about my post then? The estimate of peoples income? The expectation that they will be unable to spend that much money? 

 

It was opinions not information. Don't presume to tell me and others what we can and can't post!

 

45 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

so - let us see: a person on the minimum (and we all know that is effectively, certainly " up country" for very many the standard) wage is receiving around 2000 baht a week.

 

Not going to be many going for tests then.

 

Should keep the numbers manageable...

 

What was wrong was that you wrote that there were not going to be many tests then, motivating it with that a person on minimum wage is receiving around 2000 baht a week.

 

How much money they make is irrelevant and does not affect number of tests as they test for free

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, MikeyIdea said:

as they test for free

Only if they deem you to be high risk. If another person in the same condo complex has covid and you want to get tested it won't be for free.

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44 minutes ago, Excel said:

Agree with you. Wonder what would happen If I walked into Bangkok Hospital Udon,  chained myself to a pillar and then started coughing and complain of a sore throat and lost my sense of taste ?

A chap in a Hazmat suit would extract your wallet, riffle through the contents, and having made a decision based on what he has found, either admit you for treatment or use a set of (sanitised) bolt cutters to release you and frogmarch you of the premises!

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5 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Only if they deem you to be high risk. If another person in the same condo complex has covid and you want to get tested it won't be for free.

 

My mother in law got tested for free in Loei yesterday without having been to a risk area. This is Thaiand so it will vary between different places though

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13 minutes ago, MikeyIdea said:

 

 

What was wrong was that you wrote that there won't be many tests and you motivated that with that a person on the minimum wage is receiving around 2000 baht a week when infact they all can test for free.

 

 

 

The qualification for free tests you mention are so restricted that the vast majority seeking tests will be required to pay.

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2 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

The qualification for free tests you mention are so restricted that the vast majority seeking tests will be required to pay.

 

My mother in law got tested for free in Loei yesterday without having been to a risk area. This is Thaiand so it will vary between different places though

 

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9 minutes ago, MikeyIdea said:

 

My mother in law got tested for free in Loei yesterday without having been to a risk area. This is Thaiand so it will vary between different places though

So because your M.I.L. got it free, according to you everyone gets it free, dream on, you aint got a clue, just spouting off.

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19 minutes ago, colinneil said:

So because your M.I.L. got it free, according to you everyone gets it free, dream on, you aint got a clue, just spouting off.

 

Thailand isn't black and white Colin. I didn't say everyone, nor do I think that everyone needs it. The point is that it's not as difficult as people coming from black is black and white is white countries think. It's quite easy upcountry, surely more difficult in Bangkok. We can't just read the rules and think That's the way is is in Thailand

 

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41 minutes ago, MikeyIdea said:

 

Thailand isn't black and white Colin. I didn't say everyone, nor do I think that everyone needs it. The point is that it's not as difficult as people coming from black is black and white is white countries think. It's quite easy upcountry, surely more difficult in Bangkok. We can't just read the rules and think That's the way is is in Thailand

 

Back peddling there fella

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26 minutes ago, WHansen said:

Back peddling there fella

 

Nope, it's just that it IS actually not difficult to get a test done for free upcountry. It should be according to the rules but it just isn't. I thought you guys here would be interested and not negative about it. How ignorant I was to think that most TV members would see anything positive in it. Now it's bad that people cn be tested for free because it doesn't follow the rules instead 

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2 hours ago, Excel said:

Agree with you. Wonder what would happen If I walked into Bangkok Hospital Udon,  chained myself to a pillar and then started coughing and complain of a sore throat and lost my sense of taste ?

Free test if you lost your sense of "humour".

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

State Hospital starts at 1,500 baht

On Wednesday it was reported that the cost of the rapid result test was only 600 baht.

 

 I understand private hospitals marking it up but why are state hospitals doing that?

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17 minutes ago, nahkit said:

I understand private hospitals marking it up but why are state hospitals doing that?

Different tests, the OP was referring to RT-PCR test and the 600 baht was for rapid test which would be antigen test.

The OP did say rapid tests would be cheaper.

 

"Other tests can be cheaper but will need to be followed up with RT-PCR if the patient is positive."

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5 hours ago, colinneil said:

Bloody disgrace that poor people have to pay, yet those plonkers attempting to run this place can waste billions on war weapons.

Are those price for Thai's or dirty farang 

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2 hours ago, MikeyIdea said:

 

Nope, it's just that it IS actually not difficult to get a test done for free upcountry. It should be according to the rules but it just isn't. I thought you guys here would be interested and not negative about it. How ignorant I was to think that most TV members would see anything positive in it. Now it's bad that people cn be tested for free because it doesn't follow the rules instead 

i actually enquired about a Covid test yesterday. I was at my local hospital for a routine visit. Diabetic clinic - I am registered, hospital number and so on. I was told that the local hospital had no facilities, I might be able to arrange one in the Provincial hospital in Chiang Rai but it was unlikely, I could try the three private hospitals but again unlikely. This was after the lovely and competent Nurse Noodle (she can't pronounce needle) had again remarked that, aged 63, diabetic and a school teacher I was in what was regarded as a vulnerable group! So as regards free tests, or any tests, I think there is scope for some disagreement at least.

 

For so many of us it is not so much negativism (if there is such a word) as realism or perhaps cynicism as to how these things so often pan out. The front line staff are great  (although I do wish that Nurse Noodle would wear a better fitting tunic, that black lacy bra when she lent forward to take my blood pressure caused a definite false reading, and the doctor only looked old enough to be in my M5 English class) but as so often they are let down by the people at the top. 

 

As to some reactions, perhaps they were a result of you mounting a high horse and galloping through the posts hurling demands about people not posting things that (on somewhat flimsy evidence) are not true. That is certainly why I was a bit abrupt!

 

Incidentally I am pleased that your Mother in Law managed to get a test.

 

 

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