Cabinet Approves Free Treatment for Emergency Patients

All Thai hospitals are required to treat emergency patients free of charge for first 72 hours

Photo by Love Krittaya

The Thai Cabinet has given the seal of approval to a regulation that requires all hospitals, state or private, to treat emergency patients for free for the first 72 hours reports Bangkok Post.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn announced on Tuesday that the main aim of the rule is to remove medical costs as an issue during emergencies.

According to Bangkok Post, the new regulation will require private hospitals to “accept patients for emergency treatment without charging them or their relatives for the first 72 hours, before referring them to hospitals where they have the right to medical care.”

The Minister said that all details will be announced on the 31st and will come into effect before the Songkran Festival.

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