Seniors to receive healthcare without waiting in long queue

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BANGKOK, 3 May 2012  – The Public Health Ministry is prepared to set up new service for seniors over 70 years old to receive medical care without having to wait in long queue. 

Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri has discussed with related departments on improving the nation’s public health system to provide the most efficient healthcare service to all Thais.

As for the elderly over 70 years of age, he has instructed all hospitals under the ministry to accord them a special privilege of not having to wait in long queue for medical services.

Newborn to five years old babies are also in the top priority group. According to Mr Witthaya, he has assigned the Departments of Health and Mental Health to ensure that practices in community centers for children are of high standards. He also urged all provinces to check food sources to make sure that food provided to patients are clean and suitable for them.