6 June 2024

The cabinet approved a Bt235 billion budget for 2025 fiscal year today, to fund the universal health security scheme (Gold Card) for the Thai population, under which each citizen will be entitled to medical coverage worth an average of Bt3,844.55.

Deputy government spokesman Karom Pholpornklang said that the new health security budget is an increase of 9.53% over the 2024.

The bulk of the money, about 181 billion baht, will go to the universal health security scheme for about 47 million Thais.

About 3.5 billion baht is for medical services for HIV/Aids patients and 689 million baht is for the prevention of HIV infection. 13.5 billion baht is to cover patients with chronic kidney disease, up 5.46% from the previous budget.

About 1.16 billion baht will be for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and hypertension, Bt78 million for patients with chronic psychiatric problem and 51 million baht for asthma patients.

Karom said that health service expenditure in southern border provinces and in other arid areas has been increased by about 1.4 billion baht next fiscal year.