Rural doctors and civil society groups are warning that plans to allow increased foreign ownership of private health services will lead to a shortage of doctors in public hospitals.
Foreign investors will be able to own up to 70% of private hospitals when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is introduced in 2015. Foreign investment is currently capped at 49%.
Kriangsak Watcharanukulkiat, the Rural Doctors Society's president, said the foreign share increase in private hospitals would encourage a "brain drain" of doctors from state hospitals.
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