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Thai Government Expands Healthcare Access Across 46 Provinces

The Thai government has expanded its 30-baht healthcare policy, enabling residents to access medical services with their ID cards across 46 provinces, including Bangkok. Announced on June 17, this initiative seeks to enhance healthcare accessibility and efficiency for all citizens.

The policy, which previously covered 45 provinces, now includes Bangkok, extending its reach to over half the country. This move is part of a phased approach initiated by the Ministry of Public Health, beginning with four provinces, followed by expansions to eight, then 33, and now Bangkok. Initially, the provinces of Roi Et, Phrae, Phetchaburi, and Narathiwat were included, with subsequent phases adding provinces such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Phang Nga, Chiang Mai, and many others, culminating in the latest addition of the capital city.

Under this policy, Bangkok residents can access services at community clinics in seven medical fields using only their ID cards, without needing a referral. These fields include community medicine, dentistry, medical technology, nursing, traditional Thai medicine, physical therapy, and pharmacy. Dental services are also covered, allowing citizens to receive treatments like scaling, fillings, extractions, and fluoride applications up to three times a year at designated clinics.

Additionally, individuals with minor ailments can receive free treatment at nearby pharmacies identified by specific signage. The policy will further extend to an additional 30 provinces by the end of the year, aiming for nationwide coverage without the need for referrals, as reported by KhaoSod.

Jadet Thammathat-Aree, Secretary-General of the National Health Security Office (NHSO), highlighted that this expansion reflects the government’s commitment to public health, enabling free medical treatment with an ID card in 46 provinces. Ministry of Public Health political spokesperson Tri Chada Sritada noted that despite Bangkok’s large and complex population, the policy has been implemented successfully.

Minister of Public Health Somkid Thepsuthin expressed pride in the swift implementation of the policy, thanking healthcare personnel for their dedication. He reiterated that presenting an ID card allows immediate, cost-free access to services nationwide. For further information, citizens can contact the NHSO through their hotline or Line ID.

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