Thailand provides over 600,000 free cancer treatments under ‘gold card’ program
In fiscal year 2022, the government provided 603,060 free cancer treatments under the universal health care or “gold card” program.
Deputy spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said the free cancer treatments were provided by the National Health Security Bureau from October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Ratchada said the government is also considering a plan to allow the free health care program to cover treatment for more diseases and make it easier for patients to receive treatment at primary health care units. from the country.
The government initially estimated it would provide around 339,000 cancer treatments, but the actual number was almost double that.
According to Rachada, patients should consult their doctor about treatment options before choosing a health facility after being diagnosed with cancer. Depending on their condition and the opinion of their doctors, each patient can opt for telemedicine, telepharmacy or chemotherapy at home.
Telemedicine allows health care providers to provide patient care without coming to the office in person and is mostly done online with internet access on your computer, tablet or smart phone. The service allows patients to speak with their health care provider in real time via phone or video chat. Additionally, they can keep their providers informed of their health status by sending and receiving messages using secure messaging, email, secure messaging, and secure file exchange. (NNT)