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Creating a starting point in Vietnam.
Vietnam is currently overhauling its flawed health care system that has been in place since the late 1980s, alleviating the financial burden that is currently placed on individuals.
The Vietnamese government currently only invests 0.9% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the healthcare system. This only serves, roughly, 30% of the population. Thus, most Vietnamese citizens have to pay for private health care visits themselves.
This has prompted a change that is set to be effective as of 2014. The aim is to have every citizen covered under the government health care system, even if they decide to purchase further private care or coverage in addition. The plan is being modelled on a plan from neighbouring Thailand, and should help to reduce the deficit of health care available between urban and rural areas.
Health services available
The quality and availability of health services varies dramatically on whether you are in the city or in rural areas.
The health care available in Vietnam is below that which is available in surrounding countries. In fact, health care facilities in Vietnam are among the worst in Asia due to a general lack of funding by the government in the health sector.
The majority of hospitals and clinics are located in the larger cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong. There is also a difference between the healthcare available in cities and that available in rural areas. It is nearly impossible to get a specialist or important care in rural areas, as hygiene standards are not on the same level as what is offered in the cities. With the planned reforms to be implemented in 2018, the whole of Vietnam should profit from a higher standard, especially in the rural areas where funding is desperately needed.