Health of Thailand

Overall health of Thailand

Historically Thailand's overall health is not as great as what they would like with previous economic and social indicators demonstrating why this is the case. In the last couple of years Thailand's overall health is starting to take a turn for the better with social and economic indicators showing great improvements from two to three decades ago.

Social indicators

Social indicators show how well Thailand's people are coping with their current situatian.

Human development index

Thailand's human development index reads 0.740. With the expected years of schooling for males being 13.4 years. The mean average for schooling years though only sits at 7.4 years

Life expectancy at birth

Life expectancy from birth for males is 69.3 years. Life expactency at birth for females is 73.6 years.

Infant mortality rate

On average there are 10.5 deaths per 1000 births. There are 10.4 deaths per 1000 live births for males and 8.4 deaths per 1000 live births for females.

Liveability index and gross national happiness

The capital of Thailand Bangkok is ranked 101 in the most liveable places in the world. Thailand was ranked the 32 happiest country's in the world

Economic indicators

The economic indicators show how Thailand's economy is affecting the overall health of the nation

Average wages

The average wage for one Thailand citizen is 13,963.14 bahat per month which transfers into 405.434 US dollars

Unemployment rate

The unemployment rate of Thailand is quite low at the moment only at 1.20%

Debt of Thailand

The debt of Thailand is a large one at 4,912,727,257,800 bahat converted to 142,645,997,848.633 US Dollars

Through these indicators we can say that the overall health of thialand is good in some areas but needs to be improved in different areas creating a mixed balance between unhealthy and healthy

Reasons for Thailand's wellbeing

There are many reasons for why Thailand's wellbeing is where it is at right now, such as civil war, corruption, environmental concerns and dollars per capita. These reasons all attribute for Thailand's wellbeing being quite low.

Civil war

Thailand's civil war and unrest in the south has contributed to Thailand's wellbeing dropping and staying quite low, the war started on the 1/1/04 and has continued to this day with 5105 people being killed and 9372 injured


Corruption through out thialand is a big problem with all of its society's suffering from endemic corruption.


Throughout the police sector in Thailand corruption is wide spread. The police sector has obtained a bad reputation of being the most corrupt institute in the country. This can be put down to the fact that the police in Thailand are very involved in politics. Many businesses and companies find the police very unreliable because they are susceptible to bribery and gifts.

Public services/corruption

Corruption In the public service sector is really bad in Thailand. Businesses are weary when they acquire a public service from the government as public officials bribes, irregular payments and contribute to the fact that the public service sector has so much corruption in Thailand. A survey was conducted and 48% of Thai people believe the will have financial loses from briebery and corruption, this is a very concerning figure for Thailand and any service that the government provide.

Land distribution

The Thai land distribution has no reported corruption in this sector. It is actaully one of the best in the world in this area

Land degradation

Land degradation is a massive issue in Thailand due to huge ecomnomic growth much of the natural beauty that is found in Thailand is being destroyed for short term economic boosts. Factors affecting this are air pollution, declining animal numbers and deforestation

Air pollution

Throughout Thailand big industrial business's have grown and expanded which is causing the air to become polluted and not as clean as what it once was

Declining animal populations

Poaching still remains a massive problem in Thailand with hunters destroying and wiping out tigers, leopards and other big cats because of the value placed on the big cats hides which pushes the poachers to keep killing


The forests in Thailand have been reduced quite significantly over the last few years, this is due to people removing forest to convert the land into agricultural lands and areas for private use. Meaning Thailand is loosing their natural wilderness that brings in many tourists from around the world

Improvements made in Thailand's history

Area of improvement 1

Thailand's social improvements have taken leaps and bounds with many figures supporting the statement. Such as adult illiteracy rates have dropped substantially over a 16 year period going from 10.7 in 1983 to 4.3% in 1999 and have dropped even further in the last 18 years. In areas of welfare there have been huge improvements with more kids going to school for longer periods of time, health insurance is virtually covering everyone in the country. Thailand's health care services and facilities have been doubled in the last few years.

Area of improvement 2

Economic growth in Thailand has been strong for the last decade but before then they really struggled to grow their own economy but have hit a boom recently. Thailand's poverty rates have declined dramatically in the last 30 years from 67% to 11% in 2014. The government has definitely contributed to this growth by setting up a 20 year financial growth plan, which was aided by Japanese financial aid to start to build money making infrastructure's, which has helped dramatically. The growth of Thailand's economy was measured at a rate of 7.5% in the large growth years in 1986 to 1996 and even after the Asian crises they grew at 5 percent a year.


Thailand's overall health is in two places at the moment with some aspects being unhealthy and others being healthy. Thailand's goal in the next few year is to get the status of a developed country as they have the economy to do so but not the overall living and social standards needed which can be developed into food standards.


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