Thailand T&CM Policy

  • General Information

National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Alternative Medicine
The national policy to promote the use of Thai traditional medicine (TTM), indigenous medicine and alternative medicine in the health care system and in primary health care by people in the communities was stated in key related national plans; namely, the National Economic and Social and Development Plan and the National Health Development Plan developed in line with the former, National Health Act, Statute on National Health System, and National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle.

National Economic and Social and Development Plan and National Health Development Plan
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health included a policy to promote the use of medicinal plants in PHC since the time of the 4th National Economic and Social Development Plan and the 4th Health Development Plan (1977-1981).  Government policy on the promotion of the use of herbal medicine, research and development on herbal medicines for primary health care was stated in the 5th-7th National Economic and Social Development Plan (1982-1996).  The policies to promote the development of Thai traditional medical knowledge and personnel, research and development, and the integration into the health care system were stated in the 8th-11th National Health Development Plan (1997-2016).1

The 10th National Health Development Plan (2007-2011) and “Sufficiency Health System” Strategic Plan were formulated under the 10th National Economic and Social Development Plan of which the framework and the direction for the development of the country’s macroeconomics have been based on King Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s philosophy of “Sufficiency Economy”.  The 10th National Health Development Plan aimed at achieving good health, good service, sufficiency life style and peaceful society.  One of the desired characteristics of sufficiency health system is the use of technology appropriately and wisely with the emphasis on the use of Thai traditional medical knowledge and being self-reliant.  “The development of alternative forms of healthcare by knowledgeably blending Thai wisdom with international wisdom” is one of the six strategies of the 10th National Health Development Plan.1,2

The 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan and the 11th National Health Development Plan (2012-2016) will continue to implement the key elements of the “Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy” placing “people at the center of development”.  According to the 11th National Health Development Plan, one of the key strategies to achieve healthy society is “to strengthen the roles of the people, communities, and health-related partner networks in health promotion, disease prevention, and self-health care as well as to promote self-reliance on health based on the knowledge of Thai traditional medicine, indigenous medicine, and alternative medicine”.3 As a result of the current Health Development Plan, one of the current policies of the Minister of Public Health under the present government is “to promote the use of Thai traditional medicine and alternative medicine in all levels of public health service system”.4

  • Contact Details

Bureau of Policy and Strategy
Office of Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Public Health
Tiwanont Road, Mueang, Nonthaburi
Thailand 11000
Tel: + 662 5901387
Fax: + 662 5901393
Website: http://bps.ops.moph.go.th/webenglish/index1.html

Reference:

  1. Petrakard P, Chankittiwat V. National policy and strategy on Thai traditional medicine, indigenous medicine and alternative medicine.  In: Chokevivat V, Wibulpolprasert S, Petrakard P. eds. Thai Traditional and Alternative Health Profile: Thai Traditional Medicine, Indigenous Medicine and Alternative Medicine 2009-2010. Bangkok: War Veterans Organization Office of Printing Mill. 2012. p. 65-97.
  2. The 10th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2007-2011) and the 10th National Health Development Plan.  Public Health Calendar 2007. Bangkok: Sahaprachapanich. 2007. pp.25-32.
  3. Bureau of Policy and Strategy Ministry of Public Health. The 11th National Health Development Plan (B.E. 2555-2559). [cited 2012 Oct 6]. Available from: http://bps.ops.moph.go.th/Plan10/condition/????plan11(2).html
  4. Bureau of Policy and Strategy Ministry of Public Health. Policies of Ministers of Public Health. [cited 2012 Oct 6]. Available from: http://bps.ops.moph.go.th/moph/moph2.html

 

 

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National Health Commission Office of Thailand

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Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand.

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