Thailand: B205bn health budget agreed

The Thai cabinet approved an increase in the universal healthcare budget for 2022 to 205 billion baht, 4.4% higher than this year.

Under the new budget, health coverage will reach 47.9 million people in the universal healthcare scheme, meaning an increase to just over 3,360 baht per head, 3.8% higher than now.

Health coverage for 169,041 dependents in communities will increase the most, by 21% to 1.01 billion baht.

The budget covers Covid-19 tests and treatment for 600,425 people. The budget allocated to fund healthcare under the UHC wouldn't be sufficient to also cover the additional 137,000 people who are expected to later join the UHC, so the National Health Security Office (NHSO) needs an extra 366 million baht that will come from the government's Covid-19 rehabilitation funds.

Read the full news article published in Bangkok Post here.

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