Healthcare for workers without social security to be improved

Published on May 1, 2012 by TFP   ·   No Comments

BANGKOK, 1 May 2012 – The National Health Security Office (NHSO) is improving its healthcare service for workers, who are not in the social security system.

On the occasion of Labor Day, a discussion was held on the social welfare issue. NHSO Deputy Secretary-General Prateep Tanakitcharoen said although the 30-baht universal healthcare scheme is available to workers outside the social security system, the service only covers general health problems. Specific treatments and medicines have not yet been prepared for complicated illnesses among the beneficiaries, who mostly comprise farmers at risk of chemical-related diseases.

He explained that the scheme must be improved; medical personnel must be increased, especially in rural areas, and medical equipments and medicines must be sufficient.

The improved healthcare system has been implemented in two pilot provinces, namely Lamphun and Khon Kaen. Mr Prateep said if it is more efficient than the old system, the NHSO will further adopt it in hospitals in other provinces.

According to the National Statistical Office, in 2010, 24 million workers in Thailand or 62% are not in the social security system. The nation has altogether around 38.7 million workers.

(NNT : Nuttaporn Chanchokpong)


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