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US review ranks Thailand’s healthcare sixth best in the world

US review ranks Thailand’s healthcare sixth best in the world

BANGKOK: Thailand is gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of its healthcare services, after the US magazine CEOWORLD placed Thailand sixth in its’ 2019 list of countries with the best healthcare systems, the Public Health Ministry said.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 10 September 2019, 08:05AM


Thailand is gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of its healthcare services, according to the Public Health Ministry. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Thailand is gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of its healthcare services, according to the Public Health Ministry. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul hailed the ranking as an indication of the country’s success in developing its healthcare sector.

However, Mr Anutin also said on Monday (Sept 9) that the government must not rest on its laurels, as mere rankings do not matter as much as how well the ministry performs its duty of maintaining public health.

According to CEOWORLD, which published the list early last month, Thailand was among the few Asian countries which managed to enter the top 10 in 2019, along with South Korea in second place and Japan in third place.

European countries dominate the list, with Austria leading at fourth place, followed by Denmark (5th), Spain (7th), France (8th) and Belgium (9th).

Australia rounded out the top 10 at 10th place.

Of the 89 countries surveyed, Taiwan’s health care topped the the list, scoring 78.72 out of 100 on the Health Care Index. At the opposite end of the spectrum, with a score of 33.42, Venezuela was named the country with the worst health care system in 2019.

The Health Care Index is a statistical analysis of the overall quality of a country's healthcare system, including infrastructure; health care professionals' (doctors, nursing staff, and other health workers) competence, cost, availability of quality medicine, and government readiness, according to the CEOWORLD website.

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It also takes into consideration other factors including, environmental sustainability, access to clean water, sanitation, government readiness on imposing penalties on high-risk behaviour, such as tobacco use, and excess sugar intake.

Thailand received an overall score of 67.99 out of 100. Breaking down the figure into categories, the country was given a score of 92.58 for its healthcare infrastructure, 17.37 for professionals' competence, 96.22 for cost, 67.51 for medicine availability and 89.91 for government readiness.

On Monday, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said Thailand is leading the way in healthcare policy implementation in the region.

He said the success of Thailand's healthcare programmes was owed in part to professional and volunteer public health personnel at all levels.

“Collective effort got us here,” the deputy minister said.

 

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DeKaaskopp | 14 September 2019 - 10:45:27

"..and keeping in sleeping mode about improvement"And what makes you think they are not trying to improve? Did you read the words from Mr.Anutin about not to rest on laurels as mere rankings do not matter. Seems like again you failed to read  and understand an article.Quite often lately.

Christy Sweet | 14 September 2019 - 09:50:59

Sure, American culture is corrupted and vain, w too many obese,  consumption addicted citizens, poorly informed- which is no ways precludes Thais cheat on tests- a lot. 

ematt | 13 September 2019 - 23:13:46

Ms. Sweet, your comment says it all about your propensity for mindless drivel.  If you look at the actual rankings, you will see that the United States scored 13 on the same scale. Care to comment on their culture?

BenPendejo | 13 September 2019 - 18:35:45

Rated 92.58 for its healthcare infrastructure, since Thais know that overcharging farangs is big business. Rated 17.37 for professionals' competence indicates that these places just need to get someone in there, regardless of experience. And I'm also pretty sure the 96.22 rating for cost will plummet following the race/age based discriminatory price gouging recently put into law.

Pascale | 13 September 2019 - 15:55:04

"17 on a scale.."   Another moron who keeps talking without even comparing it with results from other countries.USA:13.1,Germany 13.6,Australia 14.66,Taiwan 14.23,Singapore 13.35,South Korea 13.06. And now remember your own words about "culture's propensity for cheating" Haha!!

Kurt | 13 September 2019 - 14:45:27

Christy Sweet, you are right. Unfortunately there are always people to compare bad thai figures with more worse in other nations instead of trying to reach levels of better doing Nations. A excellent way of thinking to keep hanging in the bottom segment and keeping in sleeping mode about improvement.

Christy Sweet | 13 September 2019 - 12:35:19

17 on a scale of 100 for "Professional competence." says it all about the culture's propensity for cheating. 

Pascale | 12 September 2019 - 13:34:22

"Are puzzled how to.."That doesn't surprises me.People with at least an average intelligence would have visited the CEOWORLD website first to find all the answers. There he could see that 17.37 isn't bad compared to other nations.But as i said,that would take more than the serial poster can provide.

Kurt | 12 September 2019 - 09:10:14

Are puzzled how to become nr 6th ranking with a figure 17.37 for professional competence.  And: No differentiation between private- and government hospitals? That gap is huge.

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