Southeast Asian countries are experiencing a shortage of medical specialists, both in the capital and in tier 2 cities. According to Mickael Feige, Partner at Solidiance in Thailand, as demand for healthcare facilities continue to increase in Asia, the shortage of medical specialists means there will be no sufficient personnel to operate in. Moreover, trends in Thailand’s healthcare system, such as the expansion of private hospitals, shift to a universal healthcare scheme, rising number of chronic disease patients, as well as rising expectations to receive treatments from specialists all aggregate to the shortage of physicians. As much as 5,600 family physicians are needed to fill the gap of the shortage, remarks Mickael.
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