Is Health Care in Thailand and Isaan a Government Priority?

The Thai Government, as usual, makes all the noises about, education, road safety and health care and if noise could educate you, make the roads safe and make you healthy, Thailand would be a safe healthy paradise. I have already stated my opinion in The Government in Thailand. Is it a Detriment to Public Order? A View From Northeast Thailand, as far as education and the governments priorities and  nothing changes. In 18 years in Northeast Thailand I have seen no turn for the better and in many cases things have gotten worse. There are certainly some exceptions, the 30 Baht health care plan can be helpful and some of the local village clinics do the best they can with little in the way of equipment.

I spent the better part of March of 2012 dealing with the healthcare system in Isaan when a dear friend was diagnosed with liver disease. She had Health Insurance, but that in no way dprovides professional, humane healthcare.
The Government has announced it’s priority and that is Transportation: 2.2-trillion-baht investment, something the children of Thailand will be paying for for generations to come.
Speaking of paying Doctors around the country and especially in Isaan are up in armes over the new P4P, pay-for-performance, program. You can read articles ad nauseum about pay and how performance will be judged but in all the articles I have read NO ONE has said a damned thing about taking care of the people.  Public losing in P4P dispute, of course the people always lose.
Who will evaluate the performance of each doctor? What is the criteria? Is there a standard operating Procedure? Will it be totally  objective? Could it possibly lead to ,ore corruption?
Most importantly WILL THIS IMPROVE THE STATE OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE? OF COURSE NOT
Here is a look at a fine state of the art (of dying) in Sakon Nakhon. It was done twitcasting so the quality is not the best but not to worry I will do more soon……
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