The irony of it (if it can get any more ironic than paying a 50 percent surcharge for being British) is that I imagine most expats live much healthier lifestyles than the fat blobs and smokers that are responsible for dragging the NHS down.
It seems the promise to allow expats access to NHS treatment has been swept away by austerity cuts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/expat-health/11633938/Government-U-turn-on-NHS-access-for-expats.html
An article on the 'classic' hotels of Bangkok, which at the time of writing still exist. I remember waking up in the Miami Hotel many years ago, a friend dragged me there for my own protection, I have no recollection of arriving. I know it was the Miami, they still have the old plug and socket switchboard, pictured here. . . http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/social-and-lifestyle/611856/welcome-to-the-hotel-bangkok
There was a nice piece on 'Thainess' on the following website recently. . . http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/sim-registration-thainess-and-war-privacy Even so, my objections to your logic apply in any country or culture.