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Thailand: Unlicensed Ambulances Must Register


Unregistered ambulances seized by City traffic police.\r\nOperators of emergency services ambulances must ensure their vehicles are properly licensed with the Metropolitan Police Bureau\'s traffic division, or be subject to legal action, Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, Metropolitan Police deputy chief in charge of the city\'s traffic, warned on 16 December. \r\nPol Maj Gen Adul said many ambulances operating in the city and taking people who are ill or injured to hospital are not licensed, causing safety problems for other road users and for patients.
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Thailand: MOPH to Propose Universal Emergency Healthcare Benefit


Nonthaburi: The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is preparing to propose the amendment on healthcare benefits, allowing emergency patients to be accepted in all hospitals and healthcare centers, to the cabinet, says the Deputy Minister. The Deputy Minister of Public Health SomsakChunharas, along with the Secretary-General of the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEMS) AnuchaSetasaetien has revealed the outcome of the Emergency Medical Committee (EMC) that the EMC has approved the development of Emergency Medicine in Thailand with the aim of saving the life of patients through free services by all medical institutions.
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Thailand: Speed Limit Imposed at 80-kms per Hour for Ambulances


This is the new instruction announced by the Public Health Ministry which became effective earlier this month.Public Health Minister RatchataRatchatanavin who signed the instruction said that safety concern was the reason behind the speed limit imposed.He said last year 19 hospital personnel attached with ambulances were killed while on duty taking patients to hospitals.
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Thailand: Public Health Ministry to Compile Rescue Lessons in Nepal as Guideline for Future Disaster in Thailand


Bangkok: The Public Health Ministry has planned to compile lessons from its sending of medical teams to Nepal, hoping to use them in developing an emergency response guidebook for similar efforts in Thailand, DrSurachet Satitniramai, acting Permanent Secretary for Public Health revealed.Dr Surachet said that the guidebook should contain lessons and experiences the Thai medical teams have gained while working with international relief teams in Nepal. The lessons will be useful to both medical staff and people in Thailand if they need to face similar disasters.
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Thailand: Govt to Control Medicine Prices to Rein in Healthcare Costs. Emergency Medical Services to be Free of Charge


Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said a working group of Public Health and Commerce ministry officials, as well as the Medical Council and Consumer Protection Board would hold talks with private hospitals to work out median prices for medicines.Regarding emergency medical services, he said they must be free of charge at every private hospital, as the cost can be reimbursed by the National Health Security Office. Regarding doctor\'s fees, Medical Council deputy secretary-general Samphan Komrit said there was still no ceiling on this charge and it was tough at this stage to establish a median tariff. He said all hospitals should clearl
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