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Private hospitals still facing barriers
Hoang Nhung
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Private hospitals still facing barriers

Hoang Nhung

Patients are seen registering with the reception at a hospital. Private hospitals are facing a lot of obstacles - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC – Private hospitals have significantly helped relieve the pressure from chronic overload at public hospitals but their operations are facing a lot of obstacles, heard a conference on development of private hospitals in HCMC on Monday.

Vu Xuan Bang, deputy director of the Health Insurance Policy Implementation Department, said the number of private hospitals and clinics serving the medically insured has surged recently.

In 2015, the country had 210 private clinics and 155 private hospitals providing services for people with health insurance coverage. This year the number has risen to 444 (292 clinics and 152 hospitals) and they are present in almost all cities and provinces.

In the first quarter of 2017, there were nearly 4.3 million doctor’s visits for checkup and treatment and nearly VND1.6 trillion (about US$70.4 million) was spent on the insured. Total spending on medication at private healthcare facilities was over VND2 trillion a year, accounting for 6.25% of the country’s total.

Private healthcare facilities however are facing a lot of difficulties such as a serious shortage of doctors and health workers.

According to private hospitals, the Ministry of Health has not issued specific classification criteria for private healthcare facilities, making it difficult to set fees.

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