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Thailand: Trends in Medical Services

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Department of Medicine, Chulalongkorn Hospital Medical School, Bangkok, Thailand

Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(4):527-528. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-85-4-527
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Health care is one of the pressing problems in Thailand, a country of 42 million people with only 5000 doctors. Half of the doctors are in the capital city of Bangkok and its suburbs, with its four million people; the other half are in provincial areas. Approximately 400 doctors are graduated yearly from the four medical schools. Because of the Western influence on the schools the trend of young doctors is toward clinical training for higher qualifications, either in Thailand or in Western countries. Very few want to go to the rural areas. This attitude has a great impact on




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