By NANCY MCCARTHY, Associated PressBANGKOK, Thailand — Some of Thailand’s poorest rural communities may have access to a free healthcare system and a new mobile phone service, but most of the country’s population is locked in poverty.
That’s the conclusion of a new study by the University of California, Berkeley, which found that the countrys poorest residents were also among the least likely to have access or access to free healthcare.
The study is the first to measure the health status of rural residents in Thailand, where more than half of the population lives in poverty, according to the World Bank, and it’s the latest to examine the health of rural populations.
The study, which was released Wednesday, is based on data from the Ministry of Health’s Survey of Rural Health and Welfare, the government-controlled data agency.
It is the third study to examine rural health and poverty.
The first was published in 2010, and the second, published in 2013, was based on health data from World Bank countries.
The findings show the impact of the economic downturn and rapid population growth in Thailand.
That led to shortages of doctors and nurses, as well as increased numbers of deaths and medical conditions.
The lack of access and access to healthcare has been a persistent problem, said lead author and UC Berkeley economist Chut Pritchandam, who co-authored the new study.
The poor tend to be more mobile, which is why they can be in rural areas, but they also tend to have higher incomes and lower rates of health problems, Pritichandam said.
There’s a lot of variation between different rural areas in terms of the rates of certain diseases, and some people have worse outcomes in terms a lack of physical and mental health and higher rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
The researchers also looked at the health outcomes of people living in urban areas.
They found that rural people have a higher rate of death and illness from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and infections.
People living in larger cities had higher rates than those in rural parts of the nation.
The government says it wants to improve rural health by increasing access to health care and improving the delivery of healthcare to rural areas.
But there’s still a lot to do, the authors said.
The authors of the study did not say whether the health problems among rural people were caused by the lack of free healthcare or by a lack and misuse of health care.
The authors said they would like to see a study on whether the rural health situation in Thailand is comparable to other countries.
But the authors cautioned that they did not have the data to prove that rural health is a problem.
The main reason they could not find evidence of a link between rural health problems and free healthcare is that rural areas tend to lag behind urban areas in health care availability, quality and efficiency, and lack of rural access to hospital beds, Pitsut Pattanaprasirakul, a health economist at the University to the West Thailand University of Science and Technology in Bangkok, said by email.
This study does not prove a causal link between the two, he said.
This is based only on a limited number of rural population data.
But Pattanamprasiram said the study should be taken seriously.
There is a need to make sure that the government’s efforts are implemented in rural Thailand, he wrote.
The data used in the study were taken from government websites, and they were only available for rural residents, the researchers said.
They used data from 2011, the last year the data were available.
The research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and a grant from the World Health Organization.
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