Developing countries cannot afford high fees for speakersBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7213.849a (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:849
- Teerakiat Jargensettasin, vice dean,
- Guy Edwards, visiting professor
- Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand
EDITOR—Doctors visit Thailand to give lectures at the invitation of Thai universities or royal colleges or are invited by drug firms. Some pay all of their own expenses, or only claim minimal expenses, and give generously of their time. These doctors contribute much to the educational programme in Thailand and to good international relations. However, for the reasons illustrated by the following examples, our Thai colleagues have expressed concern about some of those lecturers who are invited by Thai divisions of international drug firms.