This is a big bugbare in my case as I am too old to get insurance and although by Western standards prices are low. When you live here they are NOT!
Hospitals like Bangkok Pattaya are past masters at rooking you.
They are good at giving curative treatment, don't get me wrong, BUT at what cost!
Such Private Hospitals are to be avoided at all costs if possible. Some Govt places like Satterhip Queens Hospital and the one in Sri Racha are very good and heaps cheaper.
I know several Farangs who have been bankrupted by private hospitals here......
Also, if one needs medication on a regular basis, that is a big drain on ones finances.
A friend is Diabetic and he regularly needs pills for that and his high Blood Pressure and Statins to control Cholesterol. His medication costs are very high indeed.
And God help you if you have a traffic accident. The local ambulance boys always
take you to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital where they get a percentage of what it costs you to be stitched together again!!!