The teleconference to improve people's health care

Published on 21 - 08 - 2022

On the morning of August 21, the Ministry of Health held a teleconference to improve people's health care, proactively adapt and flexibly, contribute to the quick recovery and sustainable development. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired the conference. At the provincial bridge point, the conference drew the attendance of Mr. Nguyen Duy Hung, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee and leaders of a number of relevant departments and branches.

Delegates attend the meeting at the Hung Yen bridge point

According to a report by the Ministry of Health, the health insurance coverage rate for people across the country has increased from 81.7% in 2016 to 91.01% in 2021. It is estimated to reach the 2022 target assigned by the National Assembly and the Government on the number of doctors per 10,000 population is 10 doctors (assigned target: 9.4/10,000); the number of hospital beds per 10,000 people reached 30.5 beds (allocated 29.5/10,000). In the period of 2000-2021: the maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births has decreased by 3.75 times; the mortality rate of children under 5 years old and under 1 year old has decreased by approximately 3 times. The average height of young people increases from 152.3 cm in 2000 to 155.6 cm in 2020 for women; and from 162.3cm in 2000 to 168.1cm in 2020 for men, equivalent to Japan's golden period in term of youth height increase in the period of 1955-1995. The average life expectancy of people increases from 72.9 years old in 2010 to 73.6 years old in 2021, higher than the world average (73 years old) and many countries with similar income levels. Vietnam's health service coverage index has reached 70/100 points, higher than the average in Southeast Asia (61 points) and the world (67 points). The rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the community has been controlled below 0.3% and the reduction of new infections has been sustained over the past 10 years. In the first 6 months of 2022, the number of outpatient medical examination covered by health insurance has reached over 52 million (equivalent to 66% of the same period in 2019); the number of inpatient treatment by health insurance attained over 5.5 million (equivalent to 70% of the same period in 2019). In addition to the system of central and provincial hospitals, there are 306 private hospitals and 37,350 private clinics nationwide.

At the conference, local leaders spoke and exchanged a lot of ideas focusing on the issues of purchasing medical equipment; the shortage of staff and medical drugs; the life of the medical staff... proposed the Government, relevant ministries and branches to make solutions to remove them.

Speaking at the conclusion of the conference, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked the health sector to play a pivotal role, together with ministries, branches and localities to closely monitor the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, continue to deploy the vaccination for disease prevention for people; focus on building a clean, strong and efficient health sector and good at professional skills; perfect the system of institutions and policies on health for the immediate and long-term periods; pay attention to, encourage and improve treatment for medical staff; pay attention to the development of the health system, especially the grassroots' health care, the preventive medicine combined with strong application of scientific and technological achievements; review the regulations on socialization, public-private cooperation, development of private healthcare; renew working style, administrative reform, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state management; coordinate with other ministries, branches and agencies in handling urgent issues such as the procurement, bidding, investment, payment of medical examination and treatment costs, the health insurance and policies for officials and employees of the medical sector; innovate and improve the effectiveness of information and communication related to the protection and care of people's health; focus on the research and development of pharmaceutical industry, the application of biotechnology in domestic production of drugs and vaccines; promote international cooperation in human resource training, digital transformation, management and development of the pharmaceutical industry.

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