Ministry of Health meeting reviews 2011-2015 plan and identifies priorities for next five years.
The public health sector received $1.52 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2015, with 28.4 per cent being in non-refundable aid and the remainder in loans, a Partners Group Meeting held on March 17 by the Ministry of Health reviewing the implementation of the five-year plan for 2011-2015 and to set priorities for the next five-year plan was told.
The 219 international non-government organizations (INGOs) operating in the health sector also contributed $102.8 million, accounting for almost 40 per cent of the total funding from INGOs.
Other achievements in the health sector over the last five years include easing overcrowding at hospitals, with the number of beds per 10,000 people increasing from 21.5 to 24 and some 4,800 beds being added to central-level hospitals.
Health insurance coverage increased from 60.9 per cent to 75.3 per cent during the 2011-2015 period. Thirty-nine out of the country’s 63 cities and provinces allocated local budget funds to support health insurance premiums for the poor.
The grassroots healthcare network improved a great deal, with medical staff working in all communes, city wards, and towns.
The number of doctors per 10,000 people increased from 7.2 in 2010 to 8 in 2015, while the number of pharmacists with a university degree per 10,000 people rose from 1.76 to 2.2.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien also identified challenges now facing the health sector, including the failure to meet demand for budget funds, private clinics, and high quality medical staff. Administrative procedures also need to be improved, she said.