Every Thai at risk of contracting Covid-19 can get a free test and treatment at any public or private hospital.
The National Health Security Office (NHSO), the governmental organisation overseeing the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS), will cover the cost of coronavirus health services for all Thai people regardless of whether they are registered for healthcare schemes.
People are considered to be at risk of Covid-19 when they show one or more of the following symptoms: fever with a temperature over 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, and shortness of breath.
They must also have a history of linked to one of the following three risk factors:
• Have visited Covid-19 high-risk areas in the 14 days before developing any of the symptoms listed above. High-risk areas include crowded venues such as fresh markets, department stores, hospitals, entertainment venues, and public transport hubs.
• Have stayed in or visited places/countries with Covid-19 cases in the 14 days before developing the symptoms listed above.
• Work in quarantine facilities.
NHSO secretary-general Dr Jadej Thammatach-aree this week expressed concern over the new wave of Covid-19, which spread from a cluster discovered at entertainment venues in Bangkok.
Many cases have tested positive for the UK strain of the virus, which spreads faster than strains previously found in Thailand and can result in symptomless infections.
“If you have a history of visiting Covid-19 affected areas or contact with people who have visited those areas, even if you have no symptoms, you can request a free test from any public or private hospital. Don’t worry about the service fees,” said Dr Jadej.
The Public Health Ministry, which runs public hospitals, and the Private Hospital Association, have assured that health workers will provide Covid-19 testing to anyone at risk of contracting the virus. They will receive free treatment if they test positive. The NHSO will reimburse hospital operators for any related fees.
Meanwhile migrant workers will have their medical fees covered by the Department of Disease Control.
"I can assure that all health workers will provide the best services. If you have one of the symptoms, with a history of visiting Covid-19 affected areas, don't hesitate to visit a doctor. It's better to reach out to hospitals before you become severely sick," said Dr Jadej.
If you have any inquiries, contact NHSO's 1330 Hotline or DDC's 1422 Hotline.