According to CEOWORLD, which published its rating at the beginning of last month, Thailand was among the few Asian countries that managed to make it to the top 10 in 2019. South Korea ranked second, Japan third, Thailand sixth
Minister of Health Anutin Charnvirakul welcomed this result. He believes that this is a worthy indicator of the country’s success in the development of the health sector.
However, on 9 September, Mr. Anutin said that the government should not rest on its laurels, as simple ratings do not reflect the full picture of how well the ministry is performing its duty to maintain public health.
The list is dominated by European countries: Austria ranks fourth, followed by Denmark (5th), Spain (7th), France (8th) and Belgium (9th). Closes TOP-10 Australia.
Of the 89 countries surveyed, Taiwan’s health care system tops the list with 78.72 out of 100 health care indexes. At the opposite end of the list, with a score of 33.42, was Venezuela. It was named the country with the worst health system in 2019.
The Health Index is a statistical analysis of the overall quality of the country’s health system, including infrastructure. It assessed the competence of health workers (doctors, nurses and other health workers), the cost of services, the availability of quality medicines and the degree of interaction between the government.
The study also takes into account other factors, including environmental sustainability, access to clean water, sanitation, government willingness to impose fines for unsanitation, tobacco abuse and excessive sugar consumption.
Thailand received 67.99 out of 100 points. By category, the country received 92.58 points for health infrastructure, 17.37 points for the professionalism of professionals, 96.22 points for the cost of services, 67.51 points for the availability of medicines and 89.91 points for the willingness of the Government to support the sector.
On Monday, Deputy Minister of Health Satitha Pitucha said that Thailand is a leader in implementing health policies in the region.
The success of health programmes in Thailand depends to a large extent on the voluntary participation of public health workers at all levels. “We have achieved this target through collective efforts,” the Deputy Minister concluded.
From September 29, new rates will come into effect in public hospitals in Thailand. Their introduction has angered expats, who believe it is legalized by double pricing. After all, according to the new rules, foreigners will have to pay more for similar services than the Thais.
Source: The Phuket News. Translation: Anna Boyko.