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Vietnamese spending on healthcare twice WHO’s recommendation

Vietnamese people are paying up to 43% of total medical expenses, two times higher than recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Dr. Le Van Kham, Director of the Department of Health Insurance, Ministry of Health.

HCM City improves quality of health care with 20 doctors per 10,000 people

Ho Chi Minh City has reached its goal to have 20 doctors per 10,000 people after implementation of a five-year programme on improving the quality of health care services for local residents.

Thriving health apps conquer local market

The international health emergency currently plaguing the world has initiated a surging demand in digital healthcare in Vietnam, opening doors for telemedicine startups offering solutions that go well with social distancing efforts. 

NA worried about admin inertia, growth quality

National Assembly deputies raised a host of concerns on Thursday, including the failure to nip wrongful appointments in the bud, the quality of growth and healthcare services, and relevance of training given to workers.

High ranking personnel for NA Committee proposed

 VietNamNet Bridge – The 14th NA session on Wednesday continued in the afternoon with a submission by NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan of the number of Vice Chairpersons and members of the NA Standing Committee.

Hidden cost of malnutrition

VietNamNet Bridge – Malnutrition can occur in people of all ages. Yet awareness of malnutrition is low among the general public, leaving the hidden epidemic under-recognized and under-treated when it comes to adults, elderly people

Land-use, healthcare services top public dissatisfaction poll

 VietNamNet Bridge – Issuance of land-use right certificates topped the "dissatisfaction" list of public administrative services in HCM City, followed by healthcare services, according to the HCM City People's Committee.

Vietnam confronts challenge of caring for the elderly

 VietNamNet Bridge – Domestic and foreign experts discussed the challenges of caring for the elderly during a conference early this week.

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 HCM City plans administrative zone expansion; Kien Giang on high alert for forest fires; Police seize illegal timber; Student dies in Can Tho swimming tragedy; Journalists receive international training; Ha Noi shores up flood defences

PM asks for price controls as New Year nears

 VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged for balanced supply and demand of goods so as to keep their prices from spiralling, especially farm produce and foodstuff as the lunar New Year approaches.

Three's a crowd for many VN families

 VietNamNet Bridge – No-one in Huu Nghi Hospital in Ha Noi knew that nurse Nguyen Anh Lan was pregnant until she gave birth to her third child early this year.

Hospital fees face big rise in August

 VietNamNet Bridge – Fees at hospitals managed by HCM City's Department of Health could go up substantially in August if the city's People's Council approves the increase.

Medical fee rise postponed to ease financial strain

VietNamNet Bridge – Authorities in the two major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will delay an increase in the prices of the number of healthcare services that was scheduled for September.

CPI barely grows given poor demand

VietNamNet Bridge – The demand for essential and consumer goods has slowed as local buyers are trying to make ends meet with their meager incomes, and this is the main reason for the low growth