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Health minister questioned on hospital overcrowding

Update: April, 18/2013 - 15:07

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.—VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS )– Reducing hospital over crowding, tightening hospital transfers and managing health insurance funds were among the hot topics raised by National Assembly (NA) deputies for Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien at the question-and-answer session yesterday.

Tien admitted that hospital transfers were believed to be the biggest cause for hospital overcrowding and overspending of health insurance funds over the past time.

Around 60 per cent of patients come to be examined and treated in central-level hospitals, she said.

Lacks of faith in examination treatment quality at local-level hospitals was blamed for the situation, she added.

To reduce the hospital transfers, the ministry plans to operate a family-doctor programme for healthcare centre in communes, she said.

Doctors working at commune-level healthcare centres will participate in family-doctor training courses, she said.

The family doctors will provide first aid for patients, patients are only transferred to central-level hospitals if they diagnosed with serious diseases and illnesses, she said.

In response to NA deputies' question on the examination and treatment for people aged over 75, Tien said that the ministry will ask hospitals to set up new areas and install equipment for them in the future. – VNS


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