Adjustment on medical expenses required

The data collected in the three provinces of Bac Ninh, An Giang and Ha Giang shows that among 52 surveyed inpatient rooms, only 13 had air conditioners, 11 had dehumidifiers and four had ventilators. Meanwhile, the cost for those appliances is included in the inpatient room charge for all rooms, even when they don’t have the appliances.  Based on type of room, the average cost per inpatient day may range from hundreds of thousands to millions of VND.PVB, 32, in HCM City received a surgery for kidney stones at University Medical Centre HCMC. He told Tuoi tre (Youth) Newspaper that he had paid VND1.4 million (US$61.6) for an inpatient day. The total cost of medicines and other medical services was VND22 million (US$970). “Having a laparoscopy, I only needed to stay at the hospital for one day. If I stayed there for a week or ten days, the cost for the inpatient room would be multiplied. I had to pay all the costs on my own as I do not join social insurance. Although the medical service was good, the cost was a real burden for me,” he said.C in Phu Nhuan district said that she paid VND20 million (US$880) for her father’s one-month treatment in HCM City Hospital of Haematology and Blood Transfusion including the inpatient room at the cost of VND14 million (US$616). “It is acceptable to pay the huge amount of money on medicines and medical services rather than the inpatient room. I know we cannot ask for a high-quality room… [Read full story]

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