|A patient is provided physical therapy at HCM City Traditional Medicine Institute. Hospitals in HCM City will send their health staff to people's homes to examine and treat people aged more than 60 who suffer from chronic or common diseases. VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy|
HCM CITY— People aged more than 60 who suffer from chronic and common diseases are eligible to use examination and treatment services provided by hospitals at home and be covered by health insurance, according to the city's Department of Health.
Hospitals will send their doctors and nurses to homes of seniors needing treatment.
For seniors who live too far from hospitals and need periodic treatment, hospital doctors can examine and treat via telemedicine by using telephone. If patients’ health is stable, they should continue their prescribed medicines for the next month.
Health staff will also bring medicine to patients’ homes. Patients’ relatives can also go to hospitals to pick up medicine.
Hospital leaders are responsible for the examination, treatment and provision of medicine at patients’ homes. They should assign and strictly manage their staff, who must have a certificate that allows them to provide this kind of service.
Hospitals should also co-operate with health stations in communes and wards where patients live to transfer patients with stable chronic diseases to the latter for surveillance to reduce overcrowding at hospitals. VNS