Development of Benefit Package for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Thai Traditional Medicine under Universal Health Coverage

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ธวัชชัย เหล็กดี
Noppcha Singweratham
Aumpol Bunpean
Pat Vasana
Kittiporn Nawsuwan

Abstract

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) provides comprehensive health care, including health promotion and disease prevention using Thai traditional medicine. If these services should be covered and considered to be under the health promotion and disease prevention budget. The literature review aims to review and examine the relevant research literature unit cost and the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention in Thai traditional medicine services with the purpose of making a recommendation as to the inclusion of Thai traditional medicine services in a capitation budget plan. The findings showed the unit costs vary slightly as a result of differences in service patterns and resulting output. The effectiveness of the reviewed Thai traditional medicine treatments varied due to study design, target population and among others. These variations resulted in inadequate and inconsistent data to perform a reliable health economic evaluation. The consequence of which is insufficient evidence to warrant inclusion in a capitation budget plan. The health promotion and disease prevention Thai traditional medicine should conduct research activities under Thai traditional medicine professional standards to study the field’s health promotion and disease prevention services. Moreover, health technology assessments should be performed to support the Thai traditional medicine services.

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