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PPP to promote medical advances

Update: April, 14/2014 - 09:06
The HCM City University Medical Centre receives the Second-Class Labour Medal from the President of Viet Nam at a ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the hospital held on April 12. — VNS Photo Thu Hang

HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City University Medical Centre will expand its Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to promote healthcare services and transfer advanced medical technologies to disadvantaged regions.

The University Medical Centre-Hoang Anh Gia Lai, which opened in early 2012 in Gia Lai Province, is a typical sample of the PPP model developed between the centre and the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, according to Nguyen Hoang Bac, deputy director of university's Medical Centre.

The 200-bed general hospital provides health check-ups and treatment to more than 5 million people in the Central Highlands.

It receives an average of 500 patients every day, Bac said at a ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the HCM City University Medical Centre held last Saturday.

"Patients in the Central Highlands can save a lot of money and time travelling to HCM City," he said. "The satellite hospital also helps ease overload at major hospitals in HCM City."

The hospital plans to co-operate with other enterprises to open more satellite hospitals in the southern region.

Hundreds of doctors who are also lecturers at the HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy are working at the hospital, which has a combined purpose of a university and a medical institute, said Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, the Minister of Health.

"It is a huge advantage that should be utilised to help develop hospitals in disadvantaged areas," Tien said.

With the establishment of more satellite hospitals, medical students at the university will have more places to practise, she said.

The country's first university-institute model is one of the pioneers in diagnosing new emerging illnesses, treatment of difficult cases, and international cooperation and experience exchange as well as science research.

Last year, the hospital received 1.7 million outpatients and 43,000 in-patients.

Doctors of the hospitals performed more than 21,000 surgeries, including 7,000 laparoscopic surgeries.

On the occasion of the anniversary, the hospital received the Second-Class Labour Medal from the President of Viet Nam. —VNS

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