In Vietnam, since “renovation” in 1986, the health system had transformed from being fully subsidized by the state into being funded by various sources, including: state budget, health insurance and out-of-pocket payment by patients. In which, the financial resources from the health insurance fundwere considered as an important and sustainable measure for moving towards UHC. However, after nearly 20 years in operation, purchasing arrangements ofhealth servicesby Health insurance (HI) fund still existed many difficulties and shortcomings related to the benefit package, provider payment method and capacity of health service delivery, which affectedthe efficiency of HI policy implementation as well as the performance of the health system.
Health Strategy and Policy Institute has commissioned a study: “Assessment on the quality status of the training practice for student in general practitioner at medicine and pharmacy institutions. in 2013”. This scientific research is one of the most tasks which will be prioritized implementation in 2014 by Ministry of Health’s leader.
Conference series on health care for migrants living in Mekong region is carried out under the financial and technical support of USAID and IHPP (Programmed for International Health Policy, Ministry of Health, Thailand). The goal of the workshops is: 1) find out the current status of international migration, policy, finance and health care services provided for migrants of five countries in Mekong sub-region in order to determine the general problems. 2) Find appropriate approaches to promote financial protection mechanisms, access to healthcare services for migrants between countries. 3) Raising awareness and commitment of policy makers, international partners, civil society organizations and agencies to expand the intervention and find strategic solutions for each countries. Two workshops are going to be held in March and June in Myanmar and Thailand.
In many countries, health inspection is always the first step in order to approve and provide driver’s license. The result of the assessment of health conditions is the important factor for authorities to decide whether individuals are able to learn, participate and achieve certifications and control vehicles. The health evaluation-standardized was developed by nations in an effort to help individuals and authorities evaluate the health conditions of applicants. Normally, it is very simple but also very specific, it includes clear orientation and make it easily apply for doctors. In Viet Nam, the Ministry of Healthy promulgated “The health standard of vehicle drivers” according to decision No 4132/2001/QĐ-BYT on 04/10/2001 as the basis for medical facilities take the examination on applicants.
According to the implementation plan of the pilot project on health insurance provider payment method based on capitation, the Ministry of Health has assigned the Health Strategy and Policy Institute to collaborate with the Department of Planning and Finance in undertaking the study "The current situation of provision and payment of health insurance services before conducting the pilot project to revise the provider payment method based on capitation". The study will provide evidence for evaluating the outcomes of the project in order to issue the Circular of revising health insurance provider payment method.