Feeling the pinch of the government's 300-baht minimum wage policy, Siriraj Hospital plans to charge more for its medical services.
Udom Kachinthorn, dean of Siriraj Hospital's faculty of medicine, said the wage policy which took effect on Jan 1 is taking its toll on the hospital's finances.
The hospital has to fork out 700-800 million baht to cover rising costs due to the policy, he said. Charges for beds and medical care are likely to increase to help the hospital cope. Dr Udom said the hospital has about 5,000 workers but has no plans to lay off staff.
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