Archive For The “Health” Category

Three More Private Hospitals Withdraw From “Gold Card Health Scheme”

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Three More Private Hospitals Withdraw From “Gold Card Health Scheme”

As many as 100,000 gold-card holders are likely to be affected when three private hospitals in Bangkok pull out of the universal healthcare scheme in October. Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakonsattayathorn, however, played down the pullout of the three private hospitals in Bangkok namely Bangna 1, Panya and Vibharam-Pakkred, saying it is quite normal,…

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Excise Tax To Increase On Sweetened Drinks

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Excise Tax To Increase On Sweetened Drinks

The Excise Department says it is preparing a proposal to increase taxes on soft drinks with sugar contents exceeding the specified limit for the cabinet to approve. Director-general of the Excise Department Somchai Poolsavasdi revealed yesterday that the department was finalizing a proposed amendment to Article 29 of Excise Law covering taxes for soft drinks,…

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New Campaign To Lower Dengue Fever Risks Launched

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New Campaign To Lower Dengue Fever Risks Launched

The estimated economic burden of dengue to Thailand has risen dramatically in recent years and is now costing up to Bt290 million, ranking the country in second place in Asean after Indonesia. In an attempt to bring the figures down, the Asian Society for Paediatrics is taking the opportunity of Asean Dengue Day to launch…

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One Million Thais Suffer From Smoking-Related Illness

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One Million Thais Suffer From Smoking-Related Illness

At least one million Thais are sick and suffering from various chronic diseases associated with cigarette smoking such as cancer, emphysema, stroke, according to ASH Thailand or anti-cigarette smoking foundation. ASH Thailand secretary-general Dr Prakit Wateesatokkit said Friday that report from the World Health Organization for every Thai nation who died of diseases associated with…

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5,000 Nurses Threaten To Strike If Their Jobs Are Not Made Permanent

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5,000 Nurses Threaten To Strike If Their Jobs Are Not Made Permanent

More than 5,000 contract nurses have threatened to go on strike if the government refuses to hire them as permanent staff. The Cabinet on Tuesday rejected a proposal to add 10,992 positions to the civil-servant system. Many working in state-run hospitals are working on low-pay and no civil service benefits. The Temporary Employee Professional Nurse…

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Thai Hospital Gives Masks To Women Embarrassed About Having Pap Smear

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Thai Hospital Gives Masks To Women Embarrassed About Having Pap Smear

The women who received a free Pap smear test (cervical cancer) at a hospital in Kamphaeng Phet province last week didn’t need to feel embarrassed about getting an absolutely normal medical check, because they could hide behind creepy green masks. This head-scratching initiative, called “The Mask Pap Smear,” was started by Sa Kaew sub-district office…

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Is Cycling A Healthy Option For Daily Exercise ?

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Is Cycling A Healthy Option For Daily Exercise ?

The triumph of Bradley Wiggans at the Tour de France and the anticipated success in the velodrome at the Olympics are expected to increase the number of people taking to two wheels. But cycling is already booming in the UK. British Cycling said it had “never been in better health” after the publication of the…

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Half Of Emergency Patients Refused Free Care Under New 72 Hour Scheme

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Half Of Emergency Patients Refused Free Care Under New 72 Hour Scheme

More than half of the 912 patients from April 1 to April 9 who sought medical attention under the government’s free care for 72 hours were deemed “unqualified”. Earlier this year, the Public Health Ministry vowed to ensure that all emergency patients would receive free medical services within 72 hours of developing life-threatening symptoms, from…

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Free Emergency Treatment For 72 Hours At Thai Hospitals

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Free Emergency Treatment For 72 Hours At Thai Hospitals

Patients can now receive free emergency treatment for 72 hours before being transferred to the hospital nominated in their health scheme. Starting from today, emergency patients can go to any hospital for 72 hours free emergency treatment, the Public Health Ministry has announced. Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said yesterday that the ministry has…

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Medical Experts Say Dengue Vaccine Should Be Made More Available

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Medical Experts Say Dengue Vaccine Should Be Made More Available

The dengue vaccine registration last October made Thailand one of 14 countries using a vaccine for dengue. President of the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Society of Asia, Dr Usa Thisyakorn, noted on Friday that it was crucial to produce the vaccine to effectively prevent all four serotypes of the d virus, as it could not yet…

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