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Thailand’s government and the country’s medical community are debating the proposed new legislation to provide comprehensive coverage to patients against medical malpractice. The state has said that the law would strengthen patients’ rights and reduce the time and money spent in litigation, while health professionals claim it would add to medical expenses and the workload of practitioners.

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Thailand’s government and the country’s medical community are debating the proposed new legislation to provide comprehensive coverage to patients against medical malpractice. The state has said that the law would strengthen patients’ rights and reduce the time and money spent in litigation, while health professionals claim it would add to medical expenses and the workload of practitioners.

Alex Gordy Oxford Business Group (OBG)

Alex Gordy is Thailand's business editor at Oxford Business Group (OBG)

Under the Medical Malpractice Victim Protection Bill, all hospitals and clinics would be required to make financial contributions to a special compensation fund for patients who are victims of medical malpractice. The government says that the bill will provide for a no-faults compensation system that will allow patients to apply for support without having to go to court or have their case be subject to a lengthy investigation.

However, medical professionals are worried that the legislation could pave the way for even more lawsuits, using the granting of compensation under the scheme as proof of malpractice. In particular, opponents of the bill are concerned about section 45 of the draft legislation, which says that doctors could face criminal charges and punishment if convicted of medical malpractice.

With such a threat hanging over their heads, doctors say that health care professionals might be reluctant to take on high-risk cases, and would be forced to work more slowly and cautiously while seeking to avoid mistakes. The new law would result in reduced efficiency, according to Somkid Auapisithwong of the Thai Federation of Doctors, Main Hospitals and General Hospitals.

Note: This article was published on behalf of  Oxford Business Group, the views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily state or reflect the views of  Thailand Business News

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing and consultancy company which produces original economic and business intelligence on markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

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TAT would like to recommend all to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

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TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org); Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

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