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City needs VND16 trillion to ease hospital overload
By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily
Wednesday,  Apr 25, 2012,22:59 (GMT+7)

By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – HCMC needs investments of some VND15.7 trillion, or US$750 million, to reduce overload at hospitals in the city in the 2012-2015 period, according to the city’s government.

In a report sent to the central Government, the city authorities said the overload at hospitals in HCMC results from a large number of patients coming from other provinces, at between 40% and 60% of the total number.

As the current capital source is insufficient to ease the hospital overload, HCMC has asked for additional Government bonds for key hospital projects in the city.

Specifically, the children’s hospital, oncology hospital and the second branch of Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University are in need of an additional VND5 trillion to be spent from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, HCMC is mapping out a scheme to reduce the hospital overload which will be submitted to the Government. Under the scheme, the city targets to have 5,500 more hospital beds and 15 doctors for every 10,000 people in 2015.

The human resource is also a headache for the city’s healthcare sector, currently with 8.8 doctors for every 10,000 people. Although this rate is three times higher than the country’s average rate, it is still much lower than the global standard.

Due to the human resource shortage, doctors work for both public and private hospitals, and there is brain drain at public hospitals as well as a shortage of doctors at district-level hospitals.

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