City hospitals strive to reduce overcrowding

One of solution to reduce overloading at state-owned hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City is to combine state and private hospitals, said at a meeting between managers of state hospitals yesterday.

The municipal Department of Health said that the overcrowding in public hospitals is seen not only in wards to receive inpatients but also in wards to treat outpatients. By the sector’s statistics, in 2015, the number of outpatients in public hospitals was 34 million, accounting for 23 percent of the country’s outpatients.

These hospitals receive a huge number of outpatients including Children Hospital No.1 and 2, Gia Dinh People’s Hospital; People’s 115 Hospital and Hung Vuong Maternity Hospital. The number of outpatients escalates annually; for instance, in the first quarter of 2016, it increased by 5-10 percent compared to same period last year.

The two hospitals for kids had  an increase of outpatients with 372,818 and 368,857 respectively.

Deputy head of the Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong said that it needs to combine state-owned and non-state hospitals; that means more health clinics should be built by individuals.

Leaders of the Department of Health noticed hospital mangers not to collect advance payment for outpatients with health insurance cards and to encourage hospitals not to ask inpatients advance payment.

By Tuong Lam – Translated by Anh Quan

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