Law to protect patients from private hospital overcharging now in effect —


Law to protect patients from private hospital overcharging now in effect

Patients can, from now on, expect reasonable prices for treatment at private hospitals and can demand that private hospitals provide an estimate of their treatment costs, including the prices of medication, as well as the costs of nursing and treatment services, before undergoing treatment.

The new consumer rights were announced by the Commerce Ministry.

The ministerial announcement, which is now enforceable, aims to impose price controls on medical service charges at private hospitals, which have long been criticized by consumer protection groups for profiteering.

According to the announcement, private hospitals, producers, importers and distributers of medicines must declare, to the Internal Trade Department, the prices of medicinal products defined in the UCEP list and the TMT list is the next step.

Internal Trade Department director-general Vichai Plohanakit said that this measure will ensure fair prices for patients, adding that executives of private hospitals which fail to comply will be liable to one year imprisonment and/or a fine of 20,000 baht plus an addition fine of 2,000 baht per day until they do comply.

Private hospitals must display QR codes showing the prices of medicines to give the public easy access to their pricing information.

For out-patient medication, private hospitals are now required to issue a prescription showing both the generic and trade names of the drugs, their price and how they are used.

Mr. Vichai explained that private hospitals must not provide unnecessary medical treatment or services to the patients as a way of overcharging them.

A committee to oversee reasonable treatment will be set up in each province to handle complaints from patients. Executives of private hospitals that charge their patients for unreasonable treatment may face seven years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 140,000 baht.

Health, Law

You may like these posts

Gambling in Thailand — Underground Thai Lottery

Gambling in Thailand is for the most part illegal. Outside of the official Thai lottery, gambling on the outcome of events such as Muay Thai, football and cock-fighting are all il… Read more

Thai elephant deaths: Do elephants risk their lives to save each other?

At first only six elephants were thought to have died  — days later another five were spotted downstream. The initial theory from park rangers in Khao Yai National Park was that… Read more

Bangkok readies for Asean Summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, are among the leaders who will join the three-day summit starting on… Read more

Traditional Thai Massage

I had heard of a traditional Thai massage a long time before I actually came to live in Thailand. Of course if you mentioned the topic in the UK amongst friends you usually got a … Read more

Weekend train excursions to Pa Sak Jolasid dam from Nov 16

Ekkarat Sri-arayayanpong, head of SRT public relations, said on Thursday the round-trip weekend excursions on the Bangkok-Pa Sak Jolasid route would run on Saturdays and Sundays f… Read more

Cock Fighting in Thailand — Thai Fighting Cocks

Cock fighting in Thailand is legal and very popular in many areas, particularly in the rural North/North East. On the other hand gambling is illegal in Thailand, save for the nati… Read more

Thailand police officer arrested for allegedly stealing 50 service pistols

Police Senior Sgt-Major Charin Butrdee has been decommissioned and faces investigation for disciplinary misconduct, deputy police spokesman Pol Colonel Krisana Pattanajaroen said … Read more

The Unexplained Phenomenon of Mekong Lights

This strange event happens yearly in late October to early November under a full moon sky. The lights are usually glowing red-orange balls rising out of the Mekong River. Hence, t… Read more

Thailand bans street liquor ‘yadong’ after toad venom deaths

After a particularly funky variant made with toad’s venom was blamed for two fatalities in Chonburi , the Excise Department on Friday said all yadong street stalls are illegal and… Read more

Thailand PM considers moving capital as Bangkok congestion takes toll

Thailand could be the next nation in south-east Asia to relocate its capital after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted such a move could be a “possibility” under his governmen… Read more