Thailand’s doctor/patient ratio to improve to 1:1500 by 2022


BANGKOK, 14 May 2015 – Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin has indicated that Thailand’s ratio of doctors to patients will improve to 1 per 1,500 people by the year 2022.

Dr. Rajata expressed this belief at Wednesday’s certificate awards ceremony for graduating medical students, in the rural doctors program. For education year 2014, a total of 589 doctors graduated under the program, which was initiated in 1995.

According to Dr. Rajata, 5,914 doctors have qualified under the program and around 5,000 medical students are currently undertaking their studies to become rural doctors. Because of this, he is confident the ratio of 1 doctor per 1,500 people will be attained by 2022.