THAILAND: Public healthcare should come before medical tourism

Source: The Nation

“Most of the benefits of the $6.4 billion Medical Tourism Promotion in Thailand over the past five years have gone to private hospitals, while the public health system has shouldered much of the cost in terms of the ‘brain drain’ and deteriorating working conditions for government-employed doctors and nurses. The country’s public health system is still a long way from meeting its target of providing one doctor per 1,800 people.

In other words, the system still suffers from a shortage of doctors. More than 30,000 physicians were required in the public health system last year, but thousands of vacancies remain unfilled due to an exodus of government-employed doctors to the lucrative private healthcare industry.”

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