Health care in Vietnam is financed through several sources including user fees, government tax revenue and health insurance. Whilst Vietnam spends a high share of GDP on health compared with other low and middle-income countries (6.2% in 2007), out-of-pocket payments still compromise a large proportion of funding and prevent many poor people from accessing services.
In order to achieve universal coverage by 2014 (a target set by the national Government towards achieving the objective of equity in health care), a mandatory health insurance scheme has been introduced providing beneficiaries with access to inpatient and outpatient care at public health facilities. Whilst fee-for-service has been the main type of provider payment mechanism under this scheme, there is currently a shift towards capitation payment aimed at containing costs and improving the quality of services.
RESYST research in Vietnam
- Researchers will critically assess the performance of health care purchasers in Kenya as part of the RESYST multi-country study on purchasing.
Member organisations in Vietnam
The Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI) is a research institution focusing on the area of health policies and strategies to provide evidence for policy-making in Vietnam. Specifically, it...