The government is set to categorise private hospitals based on their medicine and medical service charges so that patients can be informed of prices before they receive services.Prayoth Benyasut, deputy director-general of the Internal Trade Department, said the department is dividing 354 private hospitals nationwide into three categories: high, medium and low. The levels will be announced on the department’s website over the next couple of weeks. “Information on the grade of each private hospital, once made available, will enable people to know the service charges for private hospitals and whether they can afford them,” Mr Prayoth said. He said the department is partnering with Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine to study the reference prices of medicines, medical supplies and medical services based on academic principles, transparency and fairness so that consumers can check prices before making the decision to pay for and receive treatment from private hospitals. The first focus of the study will be on 100 popular medicines such as painkillers and antibiotics. The study on the reference prices for such medicines is likely to be concluded over the next 3-4 weeks. The department said 48 of 354 private hospitals have yet to provide information on actual costs… Read full this story
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