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Medical malpractice in Thailand: Part 2

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Last week, we introduced you to the legal definition of medical malpractice, which is professional negligence by an act or omission of a healthcare provider where the treatment falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death of the patient. We outlined both the civil and criminal laws that govern medical malpractice lawsuits, and the possible compensation one could receive depending on the injury suffered. Today, we would like to delve further into what happens when medical malpractice occurs, as well as legislation currently before parliament that offers additional protections to victims of medical malpractice. 

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The primary oversight body for the medical industry is the Medical Council of Thailand.  The council is comprised of 18 doctors, half of whom are given seats based on their positions in the Public Health Ministry, directorships of health in the Royal Thai Navy, air force, army or police, as well as those who are deans of prominent medical schools. The other half of the council is elected from the general membership; comprising every registered doctor in Thailand as well as practitioners in several other medical fields recognised by the council.  The medical industry in Thailand is a self-regulating profession, and as such, tends to raise questions of impartiality, which have been voiced by the Thai Medical Error Network and other related organisations.

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