Author: Minh Hung
Newspaper: Thanh Nien News
Published Date: 2011-04-15 12:00
Summary: The “socialization” of healthcare in Vietnam is turning even public hospitals into “profit-making machines” denying patients, especially poorer ones, experts say. Socialization in Vietnam refers to the opening up of various sectors to multiple sources of investment. Many public hospitals are focusing on ways to increase their revenue and in the process foisting unnecessary medical tests on patients, they add. “Health centers have become profit making opportunities for the doctors and the nurses. That might be creating some pressure for poor people because they cannot afford the increasing fees,” said Jairo Acuña-Alfaro, policy advisor on public administrative reform and anti-corruption with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Vietnam.