Where healthcare stands in Thailand, elsewhere in Asia

Where healthcare stands in Thailand, elsewhere in Asia – www.themalaysianinsider.com, June 22, 2011
…But critics say the benefits are unequally distributed. Some 65 billion Thai baht are spent each year taking care of five million civil servants, while 48 million Thais under the universal coverage plan spend a combined 89 billion Thai baht.
Hospitals also prefer taking care of civil servants because of the guarantees of high levels of reimbursement, critics say, adding that such an unequal system results in widely differing standards of care.
Problems also include an exodus of best doctors to private hospitals which cater exclusively to foreigners, rich locals with private insurance and civil servants…

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