Teera Sindecharak,,

Country: Thailand

Advisor: Prof. Emeritus Dr. Pramote Prasartkul
1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Varachai Thongthai
2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aree Jampaklay

This dissertation studies the health security among Thai people, which covers four major schemes; Universal Coverage, Social Security, Civil Servant Medical Benefits and Private Insurance. The background, benefits and service utilization of each health insurance scheme are explored. This study also examines the effects of demographic factors on having secondary health insurance. The data are obtained from the Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System (KDSS) conducted by the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Round 3 (2002) and Round 4 (2003). The logistic regression technique is employed to analyze the data. It is found that age, nationality, marital status, education, occupation, wealth, living place, health status, health behavior, risk behavior and having primary health insurance are statistically significantly associated with having secondary health insurance. While controlling the socio-economic factors and health factors, the chance of having secondary health insurance in each category increases with age and males are more likely to have only private health insurance than females. It can be suggested that having secondary health insurance for the present and the future, beginning from an early working age, and particularly for females, should be promoted. The government should encourage people to have secondary health insurance instead of depending upon only the primary health insurance provided by the government. This is a way to reduce burden on the government budget to manage health security of the people.

Published Article:

Sindecharak, T., & Prasarkul, P. (2010). Factors determining having secondary health insurance among Thai population: evidence from KDSS. Journal of Population and Social Studies [JPSS], 19(1), 37-58.
Area of your interest:
Social Research/Applied Statistics for Social Research/Social Demography



Doctor of Philosophy in Demography (International Program)
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