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Health sector launches comprehensive review

Update: May, 31/2014 - 10:01

HA NOI (VNS)— The 30-year review of Viet Nam's health sector reforms should result in more policies for non-state hospitals, general director of Vinmec Hospital, Professor Do Tat Cuong, said yesterday in Ha Noi.

During a half-day conference hosted by the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Ha Noi Medical University, health experts discussed research methods and the review on the country's 30 years of health sector reform, which will run until 2016.

Cuong said that non-state hospitals were playing an increasingly important role in the health sector and helping reduce overcrowding in state hospitals. They were also contributing better services for patients, he said. However, non-state hospitals were not receiving any support from the State coffers, while in need of priority policies, extra staff and training.

"The review should define clearly and exactly the role of non-state hospitals and then develop proper rights and policies for the hospitals," said Cuong.

Professor Le Vu Anh, chairman of the Vietnam Public Health Association, proposed the review to focus on preventive medical services.

The preventive medical sector has helped to reign in epidemics at the grassroots levels and helped alleviate overcrowding at big hospitals. However, preventive medicines had not receive much attention, he said.

Nguyen Kim Phuong, representing Vietnam's chapter of the World Health Organisation, said the review should not focus on the status quo and that it needed to define the health sector's model for the future, and develop a roadmap for implementation.

The health sector model should have detailed information on the services, funding for the services and policies supporting lower socio-economic groups, said Phuong.

The review should also determine challenges that the model will cope with and measures to resolve the challenges, she said. — VNS

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