Hospitals attract patients using international medical insurance (10-10-2005) HCM CITY — When the son of a Norwegian couple came down with diarrhoea while travelling in Viet Nam, the boy was sent to HCM City's Family Medical Practice for treatment. The tourists' medical costs were all covered by their European insurance company, Euro Centre. Recently, a Japanese tourist fell and broke his leg. At the suggestion of his insurance company Sompo Japan Insurance, he called Family Medical and within minutes he was shuttled to the clinic for an X-ray. When he requested that he undergo treatment at home, he was helped to fly back to Japan that same day. Sompo covered his medical and transport costs. Thousands of foreign patients in situations like these have been treated at Family Medical, which is owned by Israeli-born Rafi Kot. For foreign-owned health clinics in HCM City, treating foreigners and collecting fees in foreign currency from international insurance companies has become a … [Read more...] about Hospitals attract patients using international medical insurance
Can hospitals refuse patients
One of Viet Nam's best doctors at the National Obstetrics Hospital refused to operate on a patient this week. He said his schedule was too full and her case wasn't as much of an emergency as others. The doctor's actions raised fierce discussions on social media and in newspapers about whether health professionals can refuse patients. Vietnamese people often request top doctors for non-emergency operations, either because they can afford it or they have personal connections. It instills a sense of trust in the doctor and can help patients feel more relaxed. Central hospitals therefore become overcrowded and top doctors become exhausted or rushed as they try to deal with long lists of patients. Do you think doctors have the right to refuse patients in non-emergency cases? In your country, do you have the right to request doctors if you can pay? Do you think it is unethical for doctors to refuse patients? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. … [Read more...] about Can doctors refuse patients?
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers whether doctors can refuse non-emergency patients due to schedule conflict or could their actions can be classified as unethical. Here are some responses: Jimmy Clarke, British, Ha Noi The UK has one of the best healthcare systems in the world and it is completely free. When it was first set up, people had little choice over where and how they were treated. The last Labour Party government, however, changed the law so that people can choose their general practitioner (like a local family doctor), which consultants can treat them and where they are treated. If one doctor is too busy, you have to wait, or choose another. The choice-system is managed by your local general practitioner. He/she provides you with the list of choices and tries to get you your first choice. If she can't, she goes to the second, third, etc… Doctors and hospitals also all have online ratings and waiting list times so you can select which choice is best for you. … [Read more...] about Should doctors be able to turn away non-emergency patients?
The Ministry of Health has urged hospitals to upgrade and build more facilities to reduce overcrowding. Crowded hospital Almost all hospitals complained about overcrowding at a conference to improve healthcare on March 15 in Hanoi. In 2008-2010 period, the capacity of hospital beds across the country reduced 7% while the capacity of beds in city hospitals increased 4% in period 2009-2010. Some of the most overcrowded hospitals are the K Hospital with 172% bed capacity, Bach Mai Hospital with 168%, Cho Ray Hospital with 139% and Quang Ngai General Hospital with 130%. Hospital overcrowding has not been such a major problem anywhere else in the world. Assoc. Prof, Dr Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Minister of Health said a distinction should be made between what she described as ‘fake’ and real overcrowding. Fake overloading was the result of people with mild illnesses refusing to get medical care at district-level hospitals, while real overcrowding was mostly registered in … [Read more...] about Health Ministry tackles hospital overcrowding
A man named Nam from northern Ha Nam Province called a taxi to take his father from Viet Nam-Germany Hospital in Hanoi to the nearby Heart Hospital for medical tests. However, taxi drivers in front of the building refused the fare because of the short distance between the two hospitals. Taxis wait for passengers in front of Bach Mai Hospital. - Photo vietnammoi.vn “I wanted to call a taxi from another company, but there were none, apart from the Thủ Đô (Capital City) Taxi Company in the hospital lobby. I had to take my father to the hospital gate to catch a xe ôm (motorbike taxi),” he said. According to Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, there is a taxi pick-up and drop-off point next to the Việt Nam-Germany Hospital gate. Only taxis from Thủ Đô Company are allowed to park there. Taxis from other companies can only drop off passengers and then leave. Passengers are only accepted if the distance is more than five … [Read more...] about Hanoi: Taxi monopolies penalise hospital patients