Changes in the Economic Structure: Impacts on National Health Insurance System, Access to Health services, Human Security and Long-term elderly care in Thailand

Project undertaken by: Associate Prof. Dr. Siripen Supakankunti and Team

About research:Since the Thai financial crisis in 1997 and 1998, the country has changed in terms of its social and economic aspects. Economic growth rates have decreased and Thailand has been struggling to escape the middle-income trap. The impacts of these changes have important implications for the country’s fiscal position. In 2002, for example, universal health coverage was achieved with the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage Scheme, which is financed through, and thus relies on, general government revenue. In addition, Thailand also faces the manifold social challenges of an ageing society. In the end, these changes affect the economic and health security, two components of the human security of the country.


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Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University