Thailand’s road carnage is getting worse

14-Nov-2019 Intellasia | TheThaiger | 8:15 AM Print This Post

The Thai government is reporting that deaths on Thailand’s roads are getting worse despite efforts to fix the issue.

The secretary of the National Health Security Office gave horrifying statistics for victims of road accidents, but it’s widely believed that these are only a fraction of the actual numbers of those killed, maimed and injured on the Thailand’s roads.

Thailand is one of the worst in the world for fatal road incidents and the World Health Organization says it is one of the kingdom’s biggest problems.

The secretary of the National Health Security Office, Dr Sakchai Kanchanawatana, has presented damning statistics for victims of road accidents that accessed funds from the government’s social security scheme. He presented statistics for in-patient care using state insurance for 2015 to 2018.

From 2015 to 2018, 13,861 patients died, including 11,177 bikers. The injured (reported) amounted to 265,243. Of the 265,243 injured 210,963 were motorcyclists. Costs to the insurance scheme exceeded 6 billion baht. The statistics only measure those who accessed the government’s insurance schemes.

• 2015: Injured: 62,773 Dead: 3,509, Cost 1.3 billion baht

• 2016: Injured: 63,981 Dead: 3,486, Cost 1.5 billion baht

• 2017: Injured: 67,517 Dead: 3,440, Cost 1.5 billion baht

• 2018: Injured: 70,972 Dead: 3,426, Cost 1.6 billion baht


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