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Ha Noi calls for medical fee increases

Update: July, 01/2014 - 09:35
The services listed are those that were not subject to changes in the recent round of adjustments to medical fees for nearly 1,350 other services last August.— Photo vietnamnet

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Committee has asked for a 20-per-cent increase of fees applied to 1,300 categories of medical services at public hospitals in its proposal to the municipal People's Council.

The services listed are those that were not subject to changes in the recent round of adjustments to medical fees for nearly 1,350 other services last August.

Under the proposal, the hospital fees at first-tier public hospitals will be raised from 80 per cent of the maximum levels regulated by the Ministry of Health to 100 per cent. In second-tier public hospitals, the fees will be raised from 75 per cent to 95 per cent. General public clinics at district levels and maternity hospitals will see the increases of fees from 70 per cent of the regulated maximum levels to 90 per cent.

The proposal also includes the regulated fees for 135 medical services that were previously not subject to the regulations.

Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc told Cong Thuong (Trade and Industry) newspaper that Ha Noi would continue to improve the quality of medical services, promote ethical standards among medical staff and increase investment in facilities after the fee hike.

Earlier in April, Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Health Luu Thi Lien said the medical fee increases were necessary and urgent.

She said many hospitals currently did not have enough funds to buy medicine, materials and equipment.

While it is regulated that hospitals should pay for medicine they bought within 30-50 days, many hospitals took four to five months to pay the bill due to the shortage of funds, she added. — VNS

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