We (I'm Swedish and my husband is American) have lived in Thailand now for 5 years and is about to move back to the US this fall. We have not filed taxes with the US this whole time.. what's the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to get this up to date?
I should add that we have not earned over the max amount and have not owned a house or a car. we really don't have any complications at all.
We just need to file showing what we earned and pays taxes over here. C
an we do this ourself or do we need an accountant to get us up to date on this?
Would so appreciate your thoughts and experiences on this.
Thank you! /Emma
While no official numbers exist the vast majority of medical tourists from North America and Europe are believed to go to Asia. With the cost of many major procedures between one-eighth and one-tenth of what they are in the United States it is not difficult to understand why. Add to that the attractiveness of spending your days of recuperation at a five star support the decision becomes obvious.
Bumrungrad International is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, located in Bangkok, Thailand serving patients from all over the world. The hospital has taken great effort to become a destination for medical tourism:
1/3 of the 900,000 patients treated each year are from abroad
Patients from 150 different countries
US-led international management team
Many nurses and doctors with international training/certification
Deluxe rooms, VIP and Royal suites
Joint Commission International® accredited (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – JCAHO is the body that accredits U.S. hospitals)
Bumrungrad International may be a good choice for you if you are considering Cardiac, Cosmetic or Eye Surgery, or if you need a comprehensive physical exam with advanced diagnostic tools performed. Expect prices to run approximately one-eighth of those for the same procedure in the US.
Bangkok Medical Tourism
Bangkok has been well-known to have an excellent set of healthcare providers with world-class hospitals, US and European trained physicians, and nursing professionals who are the envy of international healthcare providers.
Having certain medical procedures performed in Bangkok can save you 60-80% - after factoring in travel and lodging expenses!
With any medical procedure safety and quality should both weigh heavier than cost. Before deciding to have any surgery, do your research.
Our website provides a comprehensive starting point, but can not answer all the answers unique to each prospective patient’s situation.
For each procedure you will need to weigh benefits versus risks.
You will need to research both the physician and clinic/hospital before making a final decision.
For the provider, make sure they are board certified in their specialty in the country in which you are having the procedure performed.
Keep in mind that some country’s certification laws may be less stringent than those in the United States or Europe and you may want a surgeon with a western or international certification.
Ideally would want to find a surgeon who certified in the United States using the American Board of Medical Specialties website.
A great resource for patients seeking cosmetic procedures abroad is the International Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery their website can provide information on internationally certified surgeons and other useful information.
Lastly, ask to speak with former patients, ask to speak to several people having undergone the same procedure, with the same physician at the same clinic or hospital.
Why seek medical care abroad in Bangkok?
The reasons why people travel to Bangkok for medical care is as diverse as the people themselves. However, there are three reasons that seem to come up more frequently than others:
(1) Great quality medical care in may be accessible at a substantially lower cost outside of ones country of residence. The cost of many types of medical care has skyrocketed in some areas of the world, in particular in the United States and in some countries in Europe. Residents of these countries can potentially pay 50-90% less for the same procedures or treatments in Bangkok. Best of all, the care available in these hospitals can be comparable or even better than the care available at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Europe. All this while travel has gotten cheaper and faster.
(2) As with any other product or service there are hospitals and doctors that have a reputation for being in a class by themselves. This has for a long time led people to travel, sometimes very long distances, to seek out the best of the best to treat anything from a life threatening condition to have minor cosmetic procedures performed.
(3) The advance of technology continuously leads to the discovery of new or improved methods for treating disease or performing medical procedures. For reasons ranging from a new treatment option not yet having gained government approval to the availability of resources such as specialists and equipment people sometimes miss out on treatment options that could have offered them a better outcome if not looking outside of ones local hospital.
A broad spectrum of people choose to receive medical care abroad. The procedures chosen obviously vary.
For segments of the population with comprehensive medical insurance cosmetic procedures are often chosen, both because these procedures are not covered by insurance and because a short vacation in conjunction with these types of procedures allow for some necessary recovery time before returning to normal life. Most common places for these procedures: Asia, Eastern Europe and Spain. Also, laser eye surgery (Canada) and dental work (Eastern Europe), both not covered by insurance are popular reasons for this segment to go abroad.
For people without health insurance there are significant amounts of money to be saved on virtually any procedure.
For both segments, access to procedures and treatments not accessible, or widely accessible, in their home country can be a motivating factor for going abroad for treatment. E.g. treatment options desperately needed by patients in the United States are delayed because many medical equipment and drug manufacturers bring state of the art technology to Europe years before introducing it in the U.S. because of the, sometime, excessive bureaucracy with bringing medical technology to market here.
Expat taxes for US citizens working in Thailand?
Does anyone know about this from experience? I am talking about taxes US expats pay the US Federal Government for 2016. I have worked in Thailand this last year and plan to live in Thailand long term. Any free advice from people who know about this first-hand would be appreciated. Thank you!
Looking to get health insurance for myself and 7 other staff members mainly expats. Could anyone refer someone that can come to my office and give me a rundown on different types of cover available. Thanks in advance