The government assures that the 30-baht medical care service will go ahead and denies rumour that it will be scrapped.
The assurance of the medical service known as universal health care programme was given by Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd as the news of scrapping the programme was widely shared on the social media.
It said that the 30-baht medical service or the Gold Card program, may be scrapped due to the financial burden on the government.
According to National News Bureau of Thailand, the spokesman assured that on the contrary, the Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Security Office (NHSO) have collaborated to expand public healthcare benefits.For fiscal year 2018, the National Health Security Fund has been allocated a budget of 128.5 billion baht, or roughly 3,197 baht per person, an increase of 87.75 baht from fiscal year 2017.
The budget per head has increased steadily over the last few years.
The Ministry of Public Health and the NHSO have affirmed that they will jointly manage the budget effectively.The public will continue to benefit from the same universal healthcare scheme, as well as gain access to a free cervical cancer vaccine, colorectal cancer screening, and emergency treatment.
He cautioned the general public to verify information obtained on social media, which may not be thoroughly fact checked.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)