The report in Saturday's Business section that Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Plc (BGH), a private group, has acquired a hospital in the Northeast and is looking to expand its hospital acquisitions there is not as positive as it first seems.
The Northeast is an area where the government should expand its health services and improve conditions at government hospitals. The high cost of medical treatment in the private hospital sector would benefit only those who can afford it while leaving the rest standing in the cold unable to pay the higher costs.
Udon Thani is already feeling the pinch. Every time another hospital is acquired by the BGH, renovations take place to enhance the appearance of the hospital and costs go way up, but there seems little improvement in the quality of medical treatment. The recent cartoon showing hospitals gobbling up money sums up the situation nicely.
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