Liver Disease/HCC in Thailand

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Liver Disease/HCC in Thailand

Liver Disease in Thailand

Healthcare Structure in Thailand:
Thailand's health service infrastructure consists of three components: government health services, non-profit health organizations and the private medical center.


Public hospitals are organized into 3 levels: primary hospitals which are community hospitals for primary healthcare, secondary hospitals for general healthcare, and a tertiary level where patients are referred for complicated diseases and specialized healthcare.

Universal healthcare in Thailand is also organized into various groups. The Civil Servance Medical Benefit Scheme which is for civil servant officers and close family that is reimbursed from the controller general's department, Social Security Scheme for Thai employees who registered to the National Social Security Fund and the Medical Welfare Scheme for all other Thai citizens.


Key government players in Thai Healthcare:
Ministry of Public Health
Health System Research Institute
Thai Helath Promotion Foundation
National Health Commission Office
Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand

Most doctors in Thailand are specialists, and work in various hospitals across one geographic location. There are many liver disease specialists, with both individual doctors and large groups practicing. Patients that are in the private healthcare system have a choice in their provider, while universal healthcare patients are assigned.


There appears to be a large medical tourism practice in Thailand, with applications offering liver transplants and other procedures with costs included online.

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  • "Thailand has a high burden of hepatitis B with an estimated 3.5% of the population"
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  • "The government’s share of sector spending is the second highest in the region, at 77%, yet private sector spending is on the rise. In 2008, the Thai government spent BT8.2bn ($246.8m) on health care while the private sector spent BT2.6bn ($78.3m). "
  • "According to the data from the Health Service Support Department at the Ministry of Public Health in 2015, there were 343 private hospitals operating in Thailand, up from 321 in 2011. Around 40% of these were in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area. "