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Private hospital patient? You are free to buy your medications outside.

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Private hospital patient? You are free to buy your medications outside. | The Thaiger

Patients at private hospitals can buy their prescriptions and medication anywhere outside the hospital after getting a prescription from their doctors, according to the Health Service Support Department (HSSD).

The clarification clears up an old myth that you had to buy your medications at the over-priced dispensary at your private hospital.

But the department has no plans to force private hospitals to inform their patients of this right through announcements or signage.

It’s OK, we’ll tell you!

“Patients have long had the right to buy medicines outside hospitals,” HSSD director-general Dr Nattawuth Prasertsiripong said yesterday.

He was speaking publicly in order to downplay speculation that the latest resolution from the Medical Facilities Committee (MFC) could make it impossible for patients to produce a prescription and get their needed medicine from drug stores or pharmacies outside the hospital.

Last Thursday the MFC ruled that medicines be treated as among the medical services that doctors must take responsibility for. While MFC has recognised that patients have the right to buy medicines from outside hospitals, it has also absolved private hospitals of having to put up on-site signage informing their patients of this right.

Nattawuth said his department would forward the resolution to a subcommittee established under the Committee on Product and Service Prices with the mission to prepare measures related to price control over medicines and medical-services.

The committee has assigned relevant organisations to gather opinions on price-control measures. Among these organisations are the HSSD, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine and Thai General Insurance Association.

“Between 60 and 70 per cent of patients at private hospitals are health-insurance policyholders,” Nattawuth said.

According to him, just two per cent of complaints about private hospitals that the HSSD had received last year were about high prices.

Many non-government organisations have long complained about perceived overcharging by private hospitals. In one extreme case, a medical bill exceeded 23 million baht.

“There are many complaints about medical-service fees. In one extreme case, the bill exceeded 23 million baht. A surgeon, for example, charges about 170,000 baht per operation,” Foundation for Consumers secretary-general Saree Ongsomwang said recently.

Nattawuth said the HSSD, for its part, was responsible for ensuring that medical facilities provided a good standard of services.

The Thaiger warns that purchasing your prescriptions outside the hospital puts the onus on you to verify the quality and contents of the drugs you are buying.

SOURCE: The Nation



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Heavier traffic violation penalties being discussed by police

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Heavier penalties for drink-drivers and repeat offenders on Thai roads are under scission between traffic police and other agencies.

Maj-General Ekkarak Limsangkatt, a member of the committee reviewing of traffic-law enforcement, is calling for harsher punishments in line with the Japanese model that penalises both the drink-driver and any passenger who “abetted the wrongdoing.”

Ekkarak was speaking after a meeting at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok.

Among proposals discussed were the issuing of traffic tickets and harsher sentences for repeat offenders based on evidence gathered by Police Ticket Management over the last three years.

The PTM collates information on traffic offences and provides recommendations that enhance road safety measures.

Yesterday’s meeting was told that 11.7 million traffic tickets had been issued in 2018, a 39 per cent rise on the 8.6 million the year before.

One was a driver of a cargo truck who received no less than 144 tickets in a single year, for repeatedly speeding and failing to stay in the slow lane reserved for trucks. He was caught by traffic cameras.

A total of 1,507 drink-driving repeat offenders were arrested in the past four years, the meeting was told.

Ekkarak said the findings showed drivers were insufficiently afraid of the law and the consequences of breaking it. He said a legal amendment to the 1979 Land Traffic Act, which should soon be in effect, would introduce a points system to deter motorists from re-offending.

He said such a points system would not have worked in the past because all drivers’ licences were paper-based, meaning the police and Department of Land Transport could not cooperate to catch offenders.

“This new law will require the two agencies to link databases and online information so the driving-licence points system is implemented effectively and practically,” he said. (The Thaiger thought this had already been done!)

The meeting also heard a proposal that motorists with multiple tickets be allowed to pay them off in a lump sum for a discount, in order to clear the backlog of unpaid tickets.

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Sold over 2.6 million copies and it’s not even released. Map of the Soul, BTS.

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Sold over 2.6 million copies and it’s not even released. Map of the Soul, BTS. | The Thaiger
The hottest selling album. BTS. Map of the Soul - Persona'

The new album Map of the Soul: Persona has already sold 2,685,030 copies. That was in just four days up to March 17.

And it’s not even being released until April 12.

It also came to light that the same band had the second and third best selling albums in the world for 2018, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The Greatest Showman’ Soundtrack Edges Out BTS, Lady Gaga for Best-Selling Album of 2018.

It would be an understatement to say South Korea’s BTS’s comeback Album is highly anticipated. The K-pop heavyweights just broke their own record for preorders with their upcoming album.

The yet-to-be-released EP currently sits at No. 1 on Amazon’s CD & Vinyl Best Sellers. At this stage there’s no music, no cover, no music videos. Just anticipation.

Earlier this month, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry revealed that BTS snagged the second and third spot on last year’s best-selling albums around the globe. Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer sold 2.3 million and 2.7 million units, respectively. Both albums hit the top of the Billboard 200 in 2018.

The April 13 comeback performance won’t happen in South Korea this time. It will happen on their biggest stage yet: Saturday Night Live.
Sold over 2.6 million copies and it's not even released. Map of the Soul, BTS. | News by The Thaiger

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Mummy makeovers rising trend in medical tourism market

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Mummy makeovers rising trend in medical tourism market | The Thaiger

Mummy makeovers in Thailand? You may not have heard about this phenomenon but it’s a real thing in the medical tourism market.

Thanks to Thailand’s burgeoning medical tourism sector, more and more women are going under the knife to regain their pre-pregnancy stomach. Opting for lavish trips to South East Asia, female patients are travelling to Thailand for numerous treatments as part of this ‘mummy makeover’.

From tummy tucks and breast augmentation to liposuction, new mums will not stop at anything to achieve the ultimate look. Darren Lyons from MyMediTravel explains…

“Due to sagging and drooping post-pregnancy, many ladies are searching for top-quality surgeons alongside first-rate medical care in an exotic destination.”

“Thailand ticks all the medical tourism boxes with patients spending in excess of $10,000 on numerous procedures as part of this emerging mummy makeover craze. As a result, it gives women greater confidence and the ability to obtain their previous figure.”

There are various reasons why mummy makeovers in Thailand are proving popular. If exercise and diet have worked fighting the flab, excess skin can then be a major issue especially around the abdomen and breast area.

Together with stretch marks, pregnancy as well as labor can have a profound effect on a woman’s shape. Whether it’s a natural or Caesarean birth, many choose to undergo extensive procedures to obtain their pre-baby appearance. 

Delving a little deeper reveals interesting information about what mummy’s actually want. Mum’s certainly the word as surgeons claim women mainly opt for breast lifts with implants or just a simple breast lift to regain their former look before giving birth.

Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), labiaplasty, buttock reshaping, varicose vein removal and transferal of fat from the abdomen to the face already feature on a growing list of mummy makeover demands. Mum’s are even requesting skin and laser peels to restore their previous complexion which is usually lost via hormonal changes during pregnancy.

But, before any procedure is undertaken, patients are normally advised to wait six months after giving birth.

One of the main reasons is that abdominal tissues are far too relaxed immediately after birth to achieve any long-lasting results. Mum’s are advised to wait for this specific time period so that tissues can return to as normal condition as possible, leading to better results. 

As with every invasive treatment, mummy makeovers carry certain issues such as being emotionally drained, whilst others may experience bruising and scarring. In addition, the removal of excess skin may lead to surgeons requiring to create a new belly button altogether.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped sharp interest from overseas patients. In fact, there has been growing demand among Australasian companies for mummy makeovers with more than a 120% increase in demand.

Mummy makeovers are here to stay and has not dampened the spirits of post-baby mums with cost-effective treatments, high standards of medical care and luxury facilities taking precedence. Despite A-list celebs flaunting their post-pregnancy figures, this yearning for the ideal pre-pregnancy body is a worthwhile makeover that many women are willing to pay for.

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