Public health

Health care policy and administration

Vietnam shares experience in primary healthcare at UN meeting

About 81% of patients questioned said they are satisfied with medical services in Vietnam, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien cited an independent survey while delivering a speech at a United Nations meeting on September 23. The meeting, themed “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to ...

ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting kicks off

The 14th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting, with the theme ‘Promoting Health of ASEAN People’, officially opened in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on August 29.The meeting focuses on four key topics, including combating counterfeit and substandard drugs; ensuring health care financing; strengthening the capacity to implement the ...

Medical prices to increase slightly from August 20

The prices of about 1,900 different services offered at public hospitals have increased from Tuesday (August 20), according to the Ministry of Health.The current healthcare prices were calculated on the basis of the basic salary of VNĐ1.390 million (US$60). Once the basic salary has been ...

Vietnam's first online drug bank launched

Vietnam’s first online drug bank was officially launched on August 12 by the Drug Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health at www.drugbank.vn, with the goal of offering a database to support drug management in the country. Aiming to facilitate the development of pharmaceutical companies ...

Ministry plans major overhaul of health law

The Ministry of Health is set to amend the Law on Health Examination and Treatment, including provisions on issue of certificates for medical practice. The law came into effect in 2011 and now needs to be amended because certain provisions have failed to meet requirements, Dr ...

Developing sustainable health insurance

By June 2016, about 89.6% of the country’s population had joined the health insurance; exceeding the target assigned by the Prime Minister in Decision No.1167/QD-TTg (health insurance covers 88.1% of Vietnam population by 2019). Notably, many countries with social and economic conditions similar to Vietnam, ...

Seminar boosts national e-medical record software application

Measures to accelerate the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) in health facilities nationwide were sought during a seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 17.  The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Representative of the ...

Health insurance - a lifebuoy for patients

The public health insurance fund paid more than half a million US dollars for treatment of just a single patient over three years. The payment marked a record amount that public health insurance fund has ever covered for an individual’s medical treatment since the early 1990s ...

PPP investment model helps improve quality of healthcare service: experts

The public-private partnership (PPP) investment model is seen as an opportunity for hospitals to improve the quality of their service, thus attracting more patients, experts said on May 21. Speaking at a conference on PPP investment for the health sector held in Ho Chi Minh City ...

New innovative tools to advance the dengue early warning system in Viet Nam

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with a consortium led by HR Wallingford announce a joint project tilted “Dengue Model forecasting Satellite-based System” (D-MOSS), funded the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme. The project aims to develop tools ...

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