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April 28, 2011

Medical Malpractice: An Overview of the Patient Injury Bill

T-AB: Thai-American Business, Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand

There has been an emerging movement in Thailand for some form of medical malpractice legislation. Various professional organizations (representing healthcare professionals) and NGOs (representing patients) have proposed draft legislation; there have now been a total of seven draft bills governing medical malpractice. The current draft garnered a great deal of attention from both local and international media outlets in July and August 2010, as healthcare experts forewarned of dire consequences that could result from the Bill. Nevertheless, the government seems determined to push ahead with the legislation. As the Bill moves closer to being passed, this article provides a general overview of the proposed provisions and some of the more contentious points.

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