According to Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew, the provinces of Phrae, Phetchaburi, Roi-et, and Narathiwat have been selected as test sites for the government’s “30 baht plus” universal health care program, which will let citizens to receive healthcare in all state hospitals by presenting only their ID cards.
In accordance with the plan, he stated, the government will quicken the creation of data systems, connecting identification systems to the databases of clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies that consent to participate. This will enable the National Health Security Office to expedite the payment of medical bill reimbursements.
The minister added that “cancer warrior” teams will be established at the ministerial and provincial levels, with the primary goal of educating the public about how to prevent liver, breast, colon, gallbladder, and cervical cancer. The minister also stated that the program will cover medical services for the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
Additionally, he announced that the Ministry of Public Health will begin offering one million doses of the HPV vaccine at no cost to females between the ages of eleven and twenty on November eighteen in an effort to prevent cervical cancer. In addition, 100,000 people will receive screening services in November.
Dr. Cholnan stated that there are presently 50 hospitals in each of the 50 districts of the capital where people can receive medical care. The Air Force hospital in the Don Mueang district will, however, be upgraded to accommodate 120 in-patient beds. There will be upgrades at 60 Rossukhon health centers as well.
The National Health System Development Committee approved Paetongtarn Shinawatra’s appointment as the chair of the committee to upgrade the “30 baht” universal health care system yesterday, Tuesday.