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.”
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.“ 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).