Learning from Thailand's health reforms

Abstract

Thailand took a \"big bang\" approach to introducing universal access to subsidised health care. In 2001, after years of debate1-3 and slow progress,4 5 it extended coverage to 18.5 million people who were previously uninsured (out of a population of 62 million). This move was combined with a radical shift in funding away from major urban hospitals in order to build up primary care. Such an approach has merits but also risks. in this paper the implementation and some of the problems are discussed

Citation

British Medical Journal (2004) 328 103-105 [doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7431.103]

Learning from Thailand’s health reforms

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