NHSO backs B51bn mortgage to cowl coronavirus prices

National Health Security Office secretary-general Jadej Thammatacharee (photo supplied)

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Nationwide Well being Safety Workplace secretary-general Jadej Thammatacharee (photograph provided)

The Nationwide Well being Safety Workplace (NHSO) Board has agreed to a proposal to safe a 51-billion-baht mortgage by govt decree. The mortgage will fund reimbursement claims for Covid-related companies for 10 months.

Buying the mortgage started in earnest after a gathering on Feb 7, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Well being Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, when it was agreed {that a} proposal to the NHSO board would embody reimbursement claims from December final 12 months to September this 12 months.

The mortgage distribution is additional divided into two segments: 34.52 billion baht for the interval Dec 2021 to February 2022, and 16.53 billion baht for March to September 2022.

For the primary phase, Covid-19 service prices will likely be calculated primarily based on the true bills of funds processed from December final 12 months to January, whereas the speed for February will likely be calculated primarily based on actual bills and common variety of sufferers since April final 12 months. New figures for Covid-19 service prices will likely be calculated for the mortgage’s second phase.

Of 16.53 billion baht, 9.69 billion baht is ready for well being promotion and Covid-19 prevention; 6.104 billion baht for medical bills for Covid-19 sufferers together with vaccine aspect impact therapy; and 732.64 million baht for compensation associated to vaccines and companies.

NHSO secretary-general Jadej Thammatacharee mentioned funds calculations for March-September 2022 are primarily based on an anticipated discount in severity of the Omicron variant, together with a lower in quantities initially earmarked for reimbursement claims as agreed by the NHSO board to alleviate the burden on the nationwide funds.

Dr Jadej additionally mentioned price changes have been made for parts equivalent to Covid-19 testing and PPE primarily based on a seventh-month projection, thus decreasing funds necessities by greater than 1.72 billion baht.

Prices of particular medical companies have been likewise diminished, for example skilled ATK testing with chromatography and fluorescent immunoassay (FIA) strategies have been diminished to 250 and 350 baht respectively. Different revised prices embrace RT-PCR check for detection of two goal genes at 900 baht and three goal genes at 1,100 baht.

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