Health Financing and Management towards Better Health Equity for All

The College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University (NUCHSM), the National Health Commission Office (NHCO), and the National Health Foundation (NHF) jointly organized the health systems management seminar with a special topic on “Health Security and Financing Management towards Better Health Equity for All” on 26 August 2016 at Sanjai Room, 6 th Floor, National Health Commission Office Building, Bangkok.

dsc_1730Emeritus Professor Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, MD., Chancellor of Naresuan University chaired the seminar with Dr. Poldej Pinprateep, MD., Secretary General of the National Health Commission and Dr.Supamit Chunsuttiwat, MD., Secretary General of the National Health Foundation. There were two invited keynote speakers. Adjunct Professor Dr. David Briggs, President of Society of Health Administration Programs and Education, Director of the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, Australia, and Honorary Advisor to the NUCHSM, talked on “Moving the Mountain in Health Systems Reform: Perspectives from Australia”. Dr. Viroj Tangcharoensathien, MD., Secretary General, the International Health Policy Development Foundation, presented “Thailand UC Scheme : Achievement and Challenges”.

This seminar provided a platform for national health leaders / executives, health professionals, academics, and researchers to learn and share their knowledge and experiences as well as to form a health systems management network in order to support health decentralization and health care reform through strengthening health security and financing for a better health services delivery to effectively meet health needs of people and community.

Key senior health executives from the range of Thai health agencies attended and participated in the seminar.

dsc_1769This seminar also marked the establishment of the Naresuan University College of Health Systems Management (NUHSM). This is a key initiative of NU in bringing greater emphasis on the need to strengthen the capability health service managers and leaders amongst health professionals in being skilled to manage and lead health systems. NU is establishing post graduate health management programs by coursework or by research with an emphasis on managing and researching the challenges inherent in moving from managing single facilities and services to managing services in networks across facilities and organizations’.

The program and the College will be supported by an International Advisory Faculty of health management experts from a number of counties including Thailand and will be designed for Thai scholars and health professionals from other counties in the sub region. Courses will be delivered in the English language and research will be action based, relevant to challenges experienced in work situations with an emphasis on learning together and with relevant experts. Thai scholars and other health professionals are welcome to make enquiries to Assistant Professor Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana, Acting Director of the NUCHSM at phuteja@gmail.com; phuditt@nu.ac.th.