Announcing: Walsh, John, “The Role of Clinical Governance and in the Health Management Systems of Thailand,” Journal of Social and Development Sciences, Vol.4, No.10 (October, 2013), pp.461-6, available at: http://ifrnd.org/Research%20Papers/S4(10)3.pdf.
The health industry in Thailand is changing as a result of several important changes in society and
projected future changes. These include the need for political and social reasons to extend low cost and easy access health care further to every sector of society in all regions of the country, the continuing aspiration to become an international hub for health tourism, the need to adjust to the potential flow of professionals across Southeast Asia resulting from the projected 2015 ASEAN Economic Community and the restructuring of the labour force as part of the effort to exit from the Middle Income Trap. These changes are nation-wide and require cooperation from a range of ministries, as well as requiring the support of society as a whole; that support will result from fostering of social solidarity through, in part, better explanation of why policies are changing and what the objectives will be in the short, medium and long-terms. It is, of course, essential that
proper management of quality and health care within involved organizations – i.e. clinical governance – is also fostered and maintained at the highest possible level in both the public and private sectors.
Keywords: Clinical governance, healthcare, Thailand