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December 12, 2005

Thais plan health-budget cut

A story in the Bangkok Post reports, astonishingly, that the government plans a huge cut in its public-health ministry budget. The Disease Control Department is fighting the move: Planned B3bn cut from health `would hurt bird flu fight' .

Three billion baht is about $70 million US. Thailand has been staring down the barrel of a pandemic for years. If they seriously think they can't afford to sustain the fight, we're going to see an ironic replay of the old "domino theory"—but instead of succumbing to communism, Southeast Asia will just succumb, period.

Posted by dymaxion at December 12, 2005 01:29 PM

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