According to Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong the cabinet earlier this week approved price controls on pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, as well as medical services and other services provided by hospitals.
Pharmaceutical products and medical supplies subject to price controls include materials and equipment that are essential and are used in great volumes for medical treatment, such as bandages, intravenous tubes, and hypodermic syringes.
The Ministry of Commerce had received complaints from the people’s sector claiming that drug prices and medical bills in certain hospitals are too high.
In response to public complaints, the ministry appointed a committee to look into the costs of drugs, pharmaceutical products, medical treatment, medical services, and other related services at various hospitals.
After the deliberations of the committee, the ministry decided to set up appropriate measures to deal with this issue, in accordance with "The Price of Goods and Services Act, B.E. 2542 (1999).” The decision is meant to create fairness for all people involved in medical treatment and services.
The committee consisted of representatives of the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Public Health, the Comptroller General’s Department, the Private Hospital Association of Thailand, the Foundation for Consumers, the National Health Commission Office, the National Health Security Office, the Thai Life Assurance Association, and the Thai General Insurance Association.