The financing package includes a policy loan worth US$88.6 million, which aims to provide budget support for the Ministry of Health during the process of launching complex reforms nationwide in key areas such as public investment governance, health service delivery, and health workforce quality in the local health care system. An additional non-refundable aid worth US$12 million will complement these reforms through piloting health service delivery models in 12 districts in six provinces with high poverty rate, large minority populations, and unguaranteed health security. The program is part of ADB’s coordinated effort to assist the Vietnamese Government in achieving universal health coverage, including access to essential health care services, said ADB Senior Health Specialist Mr. Gerard Servais, adding that the non-refundable aid will finance critical investments … [Read more...] about ADB helps VN improve quality of health service
The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project will construct climate-resilient transport and urban infrastructure needed to boost tourist arrivals and tourism services investment in Hoa Binh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces. It will also develop green urban spaces and public beaches in the localities, where the project is expected to benefit 168,000 residents and more than eight million visitors annually. The project will upgrade approximately 31 km of urban-rural roads and 13 passenger piers to provide visitors and residents with convenient access to cultural and historic sites in all of the participating provinces. To help Nghe An’s Cua Lo town attract more and higher-spending visitors year-round and to adapt to climate change, the project will rehabilitate a 5.5-km seawall and beachfront drainage, improve public recreation areas, and expand the market space for local vendors. Quang Tri’s Cua … [Read more...] about ADB projects help boost inclusive tourism, health service delivery in Vietnam
Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình and leading Vietnamese and Japanese health officials attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Health Evaluation and Promotion Centre at Chợ Rẫy Hospital. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City in coordination with Japan’s International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW) on October 14 opened the Health Evaluation and Promotion Centre (HECI) at Chợ Rẫy Hospital. Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The centre, the first of its kind in the country, with state-of-the-art Japanese medical technology, offers a wide range of premium-quality health care packages to help people stay free of lifestyle-related diseases, said Assoc Prof Nguyễn Trường Sơn, director of Chợ Rẫy Hospital. With collaboration from leading Japanese … [Read more...] about Việt Nam, Japan cooperate in high-quality health services
When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
Viet Nam News Phạm Lương Sơn, deputy director general of Việt Nam Social Security, talks to Việt Nam News Agency on the imperative need to increase health insurance coverage to all Vietnamese citizens. Will you please tell us some of the most notable achievements over the last 5 years implementing the Party Central Committee’s Resolution on the national policy on social and health insurance in the period from 2012 – 2020? By May 2018, more than 81 million out of nearly 94 million Vietnamese people - some 85.6 percent of the Vietnamese population – were covered by health insurance. This percentage is much higher than the target set in Resolution 21 of the Party CC. In 2017 alone, the health insurance sector paid more than VNĐ88 trillion ($3.8 billion) for 170 million hospital visits. One of the tasks laid down in 2018 for Việt Nam Social Security (VSS) was to expand social insurance coverage to disadvantaged people, … [Read more...] about Health service improvement is essential