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City private hospital to ease shortage

Update: September, 04/2014 - 09:26
The Xuyen A General Hospital. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — A privately-run general hospital with modern equipment and facilities was inaugurated in HCM City on Tuesday.

With 30 consulting rooms, Xuyen A General Hospital can provide consulting and medical services to 1,500 patients per day.

The modern equipment and advanced technology used at the hospital would help Xuyen A improve medical-care services to people at a time when tight State budgets cannot allow investment in modern State hospitals, said Dr Nguyen Van Chau, general director of Xuyen A General Hospital.

Chau said that Xuyen A hospital's current charge for health exams was VND20,000 (US$90cents), the same as the one in public hospitals, and the minimum charge for rooms was VND50,000 ($2.3) per day.

The hospital is located near the city's northern gateway where three public hospitals, including Cu Chi General Hospital with 1,000 beds, Cu Chi District Hospital with 150 beds and Hoc Mon General Hospital with 550 beds, are often overloaded.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said it would help ease the pressure of overloading exerted on public hospitals and at the same time accelerate the Government's policy to privatise the nation's health sector.

The hospital's affordable treatment costs would allow it to provide services to more low and medium-income patients, she added.

The hospital was built on an area of 44,500 square meter with an investment of VND800billion ($37million), Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper reported. — VNS

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