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Experts ponder healthcare issues

Update: December, 18/2013 - 09:49

In the near future, the Ministry of Health would evaluate the implementation of partial privatisation of healthcare to allow for proper adjustments.— Photo baobinhthuan

HA NOI (VNS) — Closer management and supervision was needed to limit violations in the partial privatisation of healthcare, said experts during an online meeting held in Ha Noi on Monday.

During the meeting, held by the Government Web Portal, experts discussed problems related to the partial privatisation of healthcare and how to prevent abuses.

Director of the Viet Nam-Germany Hospital Nguyen Tien Quyet said that the role of leaders in medical stations and hospitals was very important.

"If the leaders attach special importance to checking and oversight, the abuse of partial privatisation of healthcare equipment will not happen," he said.

Quyet proposed using the capital for specific purposes and limiting abuses.

However, deputy chairman of the National Assembly's Social Affairs Committee Nguyen Van Tien said residents would not believe in where money was being spent if the council supervising the funds for the partial privatisation of healthcare only included doctors and medical workers.

The health sector should arrange representatives from other organisations, such as the Fatherland Front Committee, to join the council in managing the health socialisation funds, said Tien.

Also, the Ministry of Health will soon issue the norms for tests to avoid offering identical services among different medical stations and hospitals, he added.

Associate Professor Pham Le Tuan, deputy minister of Health, said that at present the state budget was still limited, the health sector should call for other funding sources so that hospitals would have more equipment to better treat their patients.

In the near future, the Ministry of Health would evaluate the implementation of partial privatisation of healthcare to allow for proper adjustments, he said.

Also, the ministry will set up a financial structure to encourage hospitals to borrow capital with interest from banks to fund their investments.

The ministry will also issue treatment guidance and professional operating standards, and improve the inspection and supervision of hospital activities, he said.

Last year, a number of problems related to health equipment were discovered. Typically, the Hoai Duc Hospital in Hoai Duc District was found to have conducted nearly 25,000 blood tests for patients from August 1 last year to May 31 this year, while providing 1,149 duplicate blood test results to patients.

Vuong Thi Kim Thanh, head of the hospital's laboratory, admitted that the duplication of results was meant to increase billings to the hospital's insurance fund.

Each blood test result receives VND21,000 ($1) of social insurance payments.

The case was brought to light following denunciation from some health staff of the hospital. — VNS

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