BANGKOK, 6 August 2015 – Medical personnel will be entitled to financial aid, should their well-being be compromised while providing medical care for patients.
Doctors and nurses are not currently covered under the National Health Security Act 2002. A recent meeting was held at the Ministry of Public Health to resolve the issue.
Public Health Minister Ratchata Ratchatanawin has revealed that medical staff have never received workers’ compensation for injury or illness as a result of providing medical services.
He said it is important that they be treated the same way as patients under Section 41 of the Act. The ministry has decided to provide interim insurance for medical staff via the Government Pharmaceutical Organization’s fund, until other financial sources can be determined.