Health expert pushes Thailand to be medical metropolis

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BANGKOK, 12 June 2012  –Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) is pushing Thailand to become a medical metropolis or ‘Medicopolis’, focusing on complete medical care services. 

TCELS Advisor, Honorary Professor Montri Chulavatnatol, said although the policy promoting Thailand as a medical hub is underway; the practice does not cover all medical institutions. He added many of the hospitals still lack technology, medicine and equipment, which have to be imported, resulting in higher medical bills.

Honorary Professor Montri explained that if Thailand is able to provide a complete service in terms of locally produced medicines, equipment, and technology, it will help lower its medical costs; while earning more income from the services provided. The Medicopolis concept is, therefore, introduced, with a focus on developing public health research and medical service covering health and beauty areas.

According to the TCELS advisor, the Medicopolis will provide effective medical service, strengthen the economy by the service, and integrate research in medical development, medicines, and equipment. He urged the government to support the move and allow the private sector to invest in the project for further improvement in the medical field.