Vietnam’s Health Index better than countries at the same income level

19/09/2014


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said, according to international statistics, the health indicators of Vietnamese people achieved better than many countries with similar levels of per capita income.
In the September 18 morning, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended and delivered a speech at the 12th ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Health with title “Better Health for ASEAN Community after 2015”. This is the first time, the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting has been held in Vietnam with the participation of nearly 200 international delegates, including ministers, heads of the delegations of the 10 ASEAN countries, partner countries such as China, South China, Japan, ASEAN Secretary General, representatives of international organizations.
Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized that promoting economic growth and getting progress in culture, society and human development are the goal confirmed in the Declaration of ASEAN Leaders immediately when it was founded in 1967. Currently, the member states of the Association are attempting to build the ASEAN Community in 2015, a development community towards the people and for the people. In particular, enhancing health care for people is a very important content. Last time, with effort and determination, ASEAN has overcome many difficulties and challenges, completed over 80% of the target of community building in which there is an important contribution of the ASEAN Ministers of Health with appropriate orientation, strategic decision, providing effective health services, public health care; boosting cooperation with its partners.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung said, after nearly 30 years of renovation, Vietnam has made significant achievements in socio-economic development. As the sector received much particular care from the community and the people, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the past few years the protection, health care and improvement of the Vietnamese people has made important results and completed many UN Millennium Development Goals about poverty, reducing child malnutrition, rate of child mortality, improvement of maternal health. The prevention of disease is enhanced, large epidemics do not occur. So far Vietnam has nearly 3/4 of people nationwide health insurance. According to international statistics, the health indicators of Vietnamese people are better than many countries with similar level of per capita income. It can be affirmed that all achievements are got by great effort of Vietnam but they are also integral to the invaluable help of the international community; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed thanks and wished to continue receiving the cooperation and support of international friends, organizations, and ASEAN countries as well as other in the world.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung confirmed that Vietnam and some other ASEAN member countries are facing many difficulties and challenges in public health protection, care and improvment. The demand for health care is increasing while the national resources are limited. Climate change, environmental pollution have adverse effects on the health of the people. Many strange diseases have appeared without drug discovery and treatment mechanisms. Disease patterns are changing: the incidence of a number of dangerous diseases on the rise... The difficulties and challenges that are threatening the development of the quality of human resources and future, races of nation. The 12th ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Health ended on September 19. At the meeting, Ministers and deligations focused on discussion on the key issues: Strengthening primary health care towards universal health coverage; Better Health for ASEAN Community after 2015; Strengthening primary health care in the prevention of non-communicable diseases; Multi-sectoral collaboration in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.

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Quân Hoàng 19/9/14 15:22

Vietnam has achieved levels in basic health indicators that are remarkably better than other developing countries with similar or even higher per capita incomes

Hoàng Lân 19/9/14 15:22

Much of this achievement has been the result of widespread practices of promoting social solidarity and a relatively egalitarian distribution of wealth and income.

Hùng Quân 19/9/14 15:23

Another factor that has contributed to good levels of health status by such a poor country is a health system that has wide population coverage with many modem and cost-effective disease control interventions and primary health care services delivered through an extensive grassroots health services network.

Quốc Cường 19/9/14 15:24

Public investments and recurrent budget support for the grassroots health network are being given priority attention.

Huy Lâm 19/9/14 15:24

These efforts are expected to yield gains in terms of further reductions in morbidity and mortality from preventable causes through more effective disease prevention, health promotion, and appropriate early treatment at the household, village, commune and district levels.

Phạm Hiếu 19/9/14 15:25

Even as large health gains are expected from anticipated improvements in community health, large numbers of sick patients still require higher level clinical care for which public hospitals remains the almost exclusive provider.

Quốc Kiên 19/9/14 15:27

With more spending in the insurance program, which was piloted in 1989, the government has helped greatly boost the number of people with health coverage

Lê Tín 19/9/14 15:28

The Government has provided larger subsidies for the near-poor, but low enrollment rates persist, even among those in the formal sector, where enrollment is mandatory.

Huy Quốc 19/9/14 15:29

The Government should cut down on extra charges outside of policy and introduce catastrophic cost coverage to improve equity and financial protection.

Vân Nhàn 19/9/14 15:30

Another important thing to do is strengthening health financing arrangements by ensuring money is spent more effectively and efficiently on drugs, providers, etc.

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