Demands on the healthcare workforce will increase as Thailand’s population ages, according to research by KPMG Global.

The research show that Thailand has become an ageing society with more than 10 million elderly people accounting for 10 per cent of the total population since the year 2014.

Thailand is predicted to become an ‘aged’ society in 2031 and a ‘super-aged’ society in 2050, with 20 and 30 percent of the total population being aged citizens, respectively. This means that out of every three Thais, one will be a senior citizen.

This demographic shift appears in several countries around the world, particularly in developed countries.

 “Overcoming the health worker deficit and looming staffing crisis presents the single biggest challenge for healthcare during the next decade,”

KPMG Global Chairman for Healthcare Dr Mark Britnell

However, Thailand will be the first middle income, developing country to enter an aged society while other countries in this ageing process will have already escaped the middle income stage.

This translates to challenges with employability, lower economic growth, and care and support of senior people.

Asia’s elderly population is projected to reach nearly 923 million by the middle of this century. As a result, the region is on track in the next few decades to become one of the oldest in the world. Governments in Asia are generally poorly prepared for this vast change that will have wide social and economic consequences.

Healthcare challenges increase as Thailand grows older

https://www.adb.org/features/asia-s-growing-elderly-population-adb-s-take

About the author

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Get notified of our weekly selection of news

You May Also Like

Vietnam’s Health Supplement Market: Trends, Opportunities, Market Entry

The growing demand for health supplements has resulted in increased usage of imported products as people tend to trust these brands more than domestic ones. Foreign brands tend to be positioned in the premium segment to attract mid-to-high-end consumers, while local brands generally concentrate on the mass market.

SET welcomes dietary supplement manufacturer “NV”

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will list Nova Organic pcl, a manufacturer of dietary supplements, on December 24 under the ticker symbol “NV”.

Covid Left Millions in Asia Struggling for Food

The pandemic hit Asia’s food supply hard, causing a sharp increase in the number of people unable to access enough food to stay healthy and feed their families. Women, children and the poor have suffered most.