HEALTHCARE NEEDS TO IMPROVE IN THAILAND

Grand Palace, Thailand

This Article is my Educational Social Media Project for the Spiritual Leadership Class taught by Professor Danny Fisher.  I have created a Facebook group named “ Healthcare Needs to Improve in Thailand.”  In this group I will present information about the healthcare system in Thailand, problems that it has, and what you can do to help change it.  My Facebook page can be found here.  Please feel free to provide your feedback.  I would like to see the healthcare system in Thailand be more like the system in European countries.

Healthcare in Thailand is practically non-existent. Only wealthy families can afford health insurance. If the average Thai becomes sick, unfortunately they have to pay their medical bills by cash. If they have to go to the hospital, they would have to wait in line for a long time before seeing the doctor. If a wealthy person needed to go to the hospital, on the other hand, they would just pay extra to see the doctor right away. There is a big difference in the quality of care that is given to patients depending on their financial status. In order to create a better society, I think Thailand needs to adopt universal healthcare system as seen in most countries in Europe, as well as in Canada and Taiwan. You can read more about the current healthcare system in Thailand here.

In my opinion, healthcare in Thailand should look more like this:

“The Healthcare in European country is provided through a wide range of different systems run at the national level. The systems are primarily publicly funded through taxation (universal health care). Private funding for health care may represent personal contributions towards meeting the non-taxpayer refunded portion of health care or may reflect totally private (non-subsidized) health care either paid out-of-pocket or met by some form of personal or employer funded insurance. All EU and many other European countries offer their citizens a European Health Insurance Card which, on a reciprocal basis, provides insurance for emergency medical treatment insurance when visiting other participating European countries.”[1]

I think that healthcare reform is urgently needed in Thailand.  “In 2000 the World Health Organisation, WHO, published its rankings of 190 of the world’s healthcare systems.“[2]  Many European countries ranked in the top 20 and Thailand was ranked 48th.  (You can read more about the current healthcare system in Europe here).



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27 thoughts on “HEALTHCARE NEEDS TO IMPROVE IN THAILAND

  1. Anonymous says:

    สุดยอดพระเดชพระคุณ อ่านดูแล้วเป็นสร้างความสงบสุขให้กับมนุษยฺ์ได้อย่างดียิ่ง ที่โลกเราเร่าร้อนทุกวันนี้ก็เพราะว่า เราขาดการมีน้ำใจให้กันและกัน คือ ขาดความรัก ความเมตตาตาต่อกันนั่นเอง ถ้าเรามีสิ่งนี้ให้กันมากๆ โลกก็น่าอยู่ และสงบสุข เป็นการเดิมน้ำใจให้กันและกัน รักเมตตาต่อกัน เป็นหนทางเดียวที่จะช่วยแก้ปัญหาภาวะของโลกร้อน โลกร้อนในทีนี้คือสภาวะหรืออารมณ์ความรู้สึกภายในของคนที่เล่าร้อน แล้วแสดงออกมาทางการกระทำ อย่างที่เราเห็นอยู่ปัจจุบัน พระพุทธศาสนาสอนให้เราสำนัก และปฏิบัติการมีน้ำใจต่อกัน คือ มีความรักความเมตตาให้กันมากๆ เกิดมาเป็นมนุษย์ก็มีความรุ้สึกเหมือนกันหมด คือ รักสุขและเกลียดทุกข์เหมือกกัน ดังนั้นความเมตตต่อกันคือสุดยอดของธรรมะในพระพุทธศาสนา

  2. Saranya Kim says:

    Yes, I agree with you. I had an experience about this “Only wealthy families can afford health insurance. If the average Thai becomes sick, unfortunately they have to pay their medical bills by cash. If they have to go to the hospital, they would have to wait in line for a long time before seeing the doctor. If a wealthy person needed to go to the hospital, on the other hand, they would just pay extra to see the doctor right away.”

  3. Wattana Suriyawararak says:

    Yes, I am sure that oneday Healthcare in Thailand will be better! (oneday, I do not know not how long)

    Wattana Suriyawararak

  4. Anantakarn Sukkhumwadee says:

    100 percent sure that healthcare reform is urgently needed in Thailand.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That is the thruth that Thailand need Healthcare reform,

  6. The liitle says:

    That’s a good idea. Thanks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That’s a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Kanungnit ninlagit says:

    This is really nice teaching, you are great!!!

  9. Venerable, I agree on your idea of healthcare in Thailand. However, in order to improve healthcare system, it takes time to process. One of many reasons affects healthcare system is money or economics in Thailand. I don’t think this issue only happens in Thailand. In developing countries, such as Vietnam, people experience it in the same way.

  10. Anonymous says:

    it’s good open importunity to everyone for healthcare in Thailand. rich or poor people need to get healthcare same way.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Good idea!!!
    This article makes me interested in surfing for more info from ur fb page.
    However, more relevant pictures would help even more.

  12. Andrew, you might consider being specific to one country in Europe, rather then the whole of Europe. Mainly, because heathcare does change some radically from country to country, and is not based upon EU law. France has an extremely good healthcare system, which I have used while living there.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much for the information in your Facebook group. I thought what you said was very informative. It is a good idea to make information available about the health care system in Thailand. I did not really have a good understanding of the situation. I thought the system was much better than what you describe. I didn’t really know: I based my ideas on what I heard from Thai friends waiting to go back to Thailand to have dental work done or to get glasses. I thought the health care was pretty good and the costs low. Now I understand that many Thais are not able to participate in the health care system. Now I understand the need for reform. Thanks for the information.

  14. somkid Inthiseang says:

    I think like that Thai people have difference Healthcare . Someone who have much money can get extra carefulness.

  15. mae_muu says:

    The European model may not be as good as one may thought, however I would be a dramatic improvement from the current healthcare system in Thailand. In the very least Thailand should provide some basic care. Especially for the poor. To eradicate simple diseases and sickness that plague a third world nation such as Thailand, there should be a basic standard of healthcare readily available for everyone in Thailand.

  16. […] In the project proposal, many people agreed with my opinion on the subject.  For instance, on May 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM, Saranya Kim said, “Yes, I agree with you. I had an experience about this ‘Only wealthy […]

  17. Anonymous says:

    ความมีเมตตา ความมีน้ำใจ การดูแลเอาใจใส่ซึ่งกันและกันเป็นวัฒนธรรมของคนไทยมาตั้งแต่โบราณ แม้นแต่พระพุทธเจ้าพระองค์ยังสอนให้มนุษย์เรามีเมตตาซึ่งกันและกัน เราเป็นผู้ที่โชคดีที่ได้เกิดมาเป็นคนไทยเพราะเรามีความรัก ความเมตตา ความเอาใจใส่ต่อกันในยามทุกข์อยากหรือแม้แต่ตอนที่เจ็บป่วยก็เช่นกัน

  18. Xiaoxi Wang says:

    I think health care is one of the most important criteria of measuring a country’s living standard as it greatly influences people’s well-being. In order to make any feasible improvement, knowing what the past difficulties are critical. A successful change comes from a strong motivation, a comprehensive plan, and a forceful action. I wish this beneficial and necessary health care reform will come true in the near future.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Good idea!!!

  20. mr.pim says:

    Good idea!!! ok ok

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