ThaiHealth 2013
Thailand Reform : Restructuring Power,Empowering Citizens

10 Human Security Indicators.
5 Outstanding Situations In The Past Decade.
10 Outstanding Situations In The Year 2013.
4 Outstanding Accomplishments for Health
Thailand Reform : Restructuring Power, Empowering Citizens

This volume of ThaiHealth marks the report’s first decade of publication. During each of the last ten years, ThaiHealth focused on the previous year’s outstanding issues, chronicled key events and presented important information to the public. Some of these situations described in our reports have seen improvements while others are stuck without significant progress in the same place or simply recurrent difficulties. In order to solve complex problems we can understand that we need a complete rethinking and restructuring of society, as well as cooperation from all parts of the society itself.

In this 10th year anniversary volume, the ThaiHealth Working Group has selected five important ongoing situations for discussion and for each compiled related events chronologically to show a clear picture of developments. The aim of this special volume is to summarize actual events while avoiding analysis and commentaries. ThaiHealth’s duty is to record events for the benefit of learning for the future. The five situations chosen are: ongoing political conflict; the Deep South unrest; sexual health issues; natural and other disasters; and health system reform-a social innovation involving government agencies, civil society and the public at large.

Another special feature of this volume examines the National Health Indicators (NHIs) of the last decade. These indicators show how the Thai population has better health than before, especially relating to increased longevity and the decrease of some diseases. The health security system, which continues to improve since the health system reforms of ten years ago, also evidences progress. Today, all Thai citizens have health security and can access quality health care services. Even those with low income are protected when afflicted by diseases from high treatment expenses. However, some problems such as chronic diseases increased over the past ten years for Thai people.

Prepared by   Institute for Population and Social Research , Mahidol University
Supported by   Thai Health Promotion Foundation
The National Health Commission office

  Introduction in ThaiHealth 2013

Thai Health Over The Past Decade

10 Human Security Indicators
  Social Security and Protection
  The Environment and Natural Disasters
  Human Development
  The Internet and Information Technology
  Drug Patenting and Self-Reliance
  International Security
  Marginalized Populations

5 Outstanding Situations In The Past Decade
  Protracted Political Conflict
  Into the Tenth Year of Southern Unrest: Gearing towards Dialogue
  Towards “Sexual Health” in The Next Decade
  Thailand in the Midst Natural Disasters
  Second Decade of Health System Reform

10 Outstanding Situations In The Year 2013
  Debate of The Year: The Yingluck Government’s Rice-Pledging Scheme
  Impacts of Intellectual Property Rights Negotiations on Thailand’s Drug System
  The 300-Baht Minimum Wage Hike: Equalizing Incomes or Destroying SMEs?
  Thailand As an Asbestos-Free Society
  Industrial Pollution: Unsolved Problems
  Energy: Why Are We Paying More?
  NBTC and Thailand’s Broadcasting/Telecommunication Future
  Provincial Self-governing: Grass Root Challenge to Centralized Authority
  Migrant Workers And Thailand’s Healthcare System
  Motor Accidents and Thailand’s Deadly Roads

4 Notable Thai Contribution to the Health of Thais

  (1) Domestic workers get seven more labour benefits (2) Foundation of the Bhikkhuni order in Thailand (3) “Khru Sorn Dee” project to nurture and honour dedicated teachers (4) Bo Kaew community’s three years of transition from the dispossessed to organic farmers

Special Issue for the Year

  Thailand Reform: Restructuring Power, Empowering Citizens


  References , Process Of Writing, Steering Committee , Experts , Writer Team