Satit Pitutacha, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Public Health, delivered the keynote speech at the 80th Academic Conference held recently at Centara Grand Hotel. His speech was on “Improving Thai Medicine for Public Service: New Normal Medical Services”.
Satit said that although COVID-19 is becoming an endemic disease, much more needs to be done to support continued care and services for Covid-19 patients and other patients. Therefore, it is a core mission of the ministry to follow its concept “Public Health Builds Nation, Recovers Economy, and Builds a New Better Path of Public Health in 2022”.
As a result, the new normal of medical services, in which people are at the center, will help improve the medical field. Patients should receive equitable, high-quality care under normal circumstances or when an emerging disease arises. Service providers and recipients must be safe.
Satit added that the Department of Medicine is responsible for seven major areas spanning the next decade:
1. Change the service model to be safe from Covid-19 by encouraging careful use of high quality modern technology.
2. Improve the hospital‘s ability to serve all patients in a convenient, safe and modern VIP manner.
3. Integrate holistic health care for the elderly with network partners and three local physicians in the community.
4. Expand the potential of the service by extending the 30 baht scheme which “deals everywhere, no need for referral certificate”.
5. Improve cancer treatment so that the cure can be found anywhere with access to comprehensive care such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.