The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has proven to be a key factor contributing to Thailand’s success in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, and in ensuring the right to the highest attainable standard of health for all citizens in a concrete manner.
In his remarks at the event commemorating International UHC Day, 12 December, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok on 8 December, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said, “Today, essential health services related to COVID-19 are fully covered by the national UHC scheme. Free treatment for COVID-19 is even extended to foreigners, regardless of their nationality and immigration status. And all of this matters in a big way, especially when it comes to fighting a pandemic.”
For Thailand, he said, healthcare is a basic human right. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, or economic or social condition.
He explained that everyone should have access to the health services they need, without suffering financial hardship. No one should become sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also said, “UHC has been our armour against COVID-19. This pandemic and the damage it continues to inflict worldwide has only served to further reinforce our convictions. But it does not and cannot stop here.
We believe that promoting UHC and strengthening it further will help us not only to fight future pandemics but also drive forward ‘the Decade of Action’ toward realizing and safeguarding the health-related targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, ‘leaving no one behind’ also means ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, and that they are considered global public goods.”
He added that Thailand stands ready to exchange its experience with UHC with all countries and stakeholders in order to continue to strengthen Thailand’s UHC scheme and to develop it into an even more effective system.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department