|The National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hà Nội is one of the facilities that will be inspected by the Ministry of Health. — Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health plans to look into health check-ups and treatments offered at public hospitals this year so as to ensure equal fees are charged at all facilities.
The ministry will also inspect tenders and purchases of medicines, medical equipment and materials at National Hospital of Odonto and Stomotology in HCM City, National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hà Nội and Việt Nam-Sweden Uông Bí Hospital in northern Quảng Ninh Province.
Next week, the health and finance ministries will meet to discuss a draft circular on the framework of health check-up and treatment costs at public hospitals. The circular is scheduled to be issued in the first quarter of this year to avoid differences in check-up fees at different hospitals.
As per the draft circular, the proposed cost of a health check-up service will not exceed VNĐ200,000 (US$9) each time, and specific conditions will be set for required health check-ups. Currently, the fee for health check-ups at central hospitals nationwide range from VNĐ150,000 ($7) to VNĐ690,000 ($31) per time.
The draft circular also sets the highest fee per day for a room with one bed at VNĐ2.4 million ($107). The lowest price for a room with four beds is VNĐ600,000 ($27) per day.
The circular aims to ensure that facilities and equipment at hospitals are in sync with the fees patients pay and avoid situations where patients have to share beds even as unused beds are being offered for a fee.
The ministry’s inspection plan also includes public injection centres in Hà Nội. — VNS