Health minister says 5 billion baht fund is just a temporary reprieve

Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn said today that the 5 billion baht emergency fund recently approved by the cabinet for loss-ridden state hospitals throughout the country would be enough to ease their liquidity problem for a certain period of time.

More measures will have to be meted out to resolve the financial problem of state hospitals so that, in the long run, they will be able to stand on their feet, financially, he added.

One of the measures is to allow hospitals which are adequately staffed and equipped and catering to many patients to operate after office hours so that they will have extra revenues, said the minister, adding that state hospitals must be more aggressive in providing medical services.

As for the 5 billion baht fund provided by the government, Dr Piyasakol said that the found would be divided into four parts for different purposes: 3,000 million baht for the caring of in-patients; 300 million baht for the caring of new-born babies whose weight is below standard; 1,000 million baht for medical staff and the rest for debt repayment.

The minister said that the fund would be allocated to all the state hospitals facing liquidity problem.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)