French-Vietnamese MedTech Conference in Hanoi hears of opportunities for French enterprises in medical equipment and treatment.
“There are positive signs for investment in private healthcare in Vietnam,” the French Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Jean Noel Poirier told French enterprises at the French-Vietnamese MedTech Conference in Hanoi on June 16. The French Embassy, he added, very much wanted to promote healthcare cooperation between Vietnam and France.
Five issues in healthcare investment were discussed by French enterprises at the conference: air quality, waste management, single use medical devices, surgical instrumentation, and radio opaque implantable gel. When introducing air purification machinery, French enterprises attracted concern from domestic enterprises regarding cost, guarantees, and maintenance.
Most French enterprises at the conference saw huge potential in investing in Vietnam. Mr. Aurelien Bataille, Sales Manager at Bertin Technologies, which is involved in waste management, said that 14,000 tons of rubbish from hospitals requires processing each year but only 7 per cent is currently processed in the correct way. Regarding radio opaque implantable gel, Mr. Michael Le Bail, CEO of Gelscom, estimated that there were 12 million cases of herniated discs each year in Vietnam that required treatment by percutaneous injection.
The French Ambassador also reminded French enterprises that consensus was an important factor when cooperating with Vietnamese authorities, and explained how this is best done.
In the view of the Attache for Medical Cooperation at the French Embassy, Dr. Alain Dorie, Vietnam’s healthcare sector is in need of plastic surgeons and oral maxillo facial surgeons. He noted that Vietnamese doctors are keen to discuss such surgeries, especially with France’s best doctors.
Dr. Dorie also spoke about epidemiology as an area of further cooperation between Vietnamese and French enterprises as Vietnam’s population and living standards were changing.
He also indicated that long-standing healthcare cooperation between Vietnam and France presented advantages for French enterprises in the country. Besides investing in healthcare France has also cooperated with the Vietnamese Government in medical education and training, with many Vietnamese doctors having been trained in France. The current Minister of Health, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, for example, undertook an internship in France.