Health malpractice

17 07 2014

Readers may remember that PPT posted on plans for the end to the 30 baht health scheme as part of an uprooting of the Thaksin regime. Back then, the Public health permanent secretary Narong Sahametapat said this was a beat up and that “denied it planned to ask the coup-makers to approve part payments under the scheme…”. No plans, he said.

If he was really a doctor, he’d be up on a malpractice charge. Quite simply, he is fabricating a discussion initiated in the Ministry of Public Health. The Bangkok Post reports that it was Dr. Tawatchai Kamoltham, the director-general of the MOPH’s Department for Development of Thai Traditional Medicine and Alternative Medicine, who raised the plan with the junta.dr_nick

Sounding like a product of the privatized, costly and inefficient U.S. medical system than someone promoting “traditional medicine,” Tawatchai apparently “believes co-payment will see patients take better care of their health and will reduce the possibility that people who urgently need care might not be able to receive the treatment they need because their doctors are busy.”

In other words, as previously leaked, the MOPH leadership is wanting to raise “co-payments” by exorbitant amounts, especially as Tawatchai estimates that the current state payments are covering only 40-50% of the actual cost.

Steep fee increases will probably chase patients back to private clinics where MOPH doctors moonlight and make enough money to keep their Mercedes cars on the road. Uprooting the Thaksin regime-cum-revolution may be profitable for some.


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