Ministry introduces new quality criteria for private hospitals

The move came after the Vietnam Social Security decided that in 2018, private hospitals and healthcare clinics that wanted to sign a contract with the agency to examine people with health insurance cards, would have to show a legal document proving their quality under the ministry’s standards. The Ministry of Health has issued a set of criteria to classify the quality of private hospitals and healthcare clinics across the country. – Photo cand.vn Le Van Phuc, deputy head of the agency’s department for health insurance implementation, said that based on the classification, the agency could exactly calculate the rate of health insurance fees it had to cover for a patient treated at a private hospital or healthcare clinic instead of a public hospital or healthcare clinic. A health insurance cardholder has to register one public hospital or health clinic to receive treatment before they started to use the card. However, patients were sometimes examined and treated at private hospitals and healthcare clinics instead of public hospitals and healthcare clinics as registered. Additionally, private hospitals and healthcare clinics also want to examine and treat patients with health insurance cards. Thus, they need to be classified at levels equal to public hospitals and healthcare clinics so that the insurance agency can calculate the fees they would cover, depending on the quality of private hospitals and healthcare clinics. Deputy Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said that the move was believed to assist private hospitals and health clinics to compete fairly with public hospitals and… [Read full story]

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