Bangkok, Thailand: Almost 10,000 more doctors are needed to respond to medical needs across Thailand, according to Supan Srithamma, Spokesperson of Public Health Ministry, Thailand. Supan said there are currently 13,083 doctors providing medical attention to Thai people in the country. The ratio of the doctor per patient is 1: 7,000.
Each doctor will be assigned to work in a location, based-on the GIS system, which the population will be taken into account. New graduates on scholarship are able to choose where they prefer to practice, but they are expected to serve as interns in a hospital during the first year after their graduation before continuing to work in a community healthcare centre for another 3 years.
Public Health Ministry Spokesperson added later that in each community hospital there must be at least 4 doctors while in places where shortages are sustained, such as those in the 3 southernmost provinces, unlimited number of doctors will be supplied to the hospitals until they are no longer needed.
Source Pattaya Mail