HCM City hos­pi­tal to be­gin health tourism ser­vice

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Trònh Höõu Tuøng, Mer­i­to­ri­ous Doc­tor and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Hoà Chí Minh City Pae­di­atric Hos­pi­tal No. 2, speaks to (Science & Life) news­pa­per on the hos­pi­tal’s new health tourism model

Will you please tell us about the new health tourism model? Health tourism is a broad term for travel that fo­cuses on med­i­cal treat­ment in spe­cialised in­sti­tu­tions. It has be­come pop­u­lar around the world, and Asia has be­come a venue for such vis­its be­cause it has mod­ern med­i­cal equip­ment, low-cost treat­ment and a good pool of med­i­cal staff.

Why does the Hoà Chí Minh City Pe­di­atric Hos­pi­tal No. 2, with a hun­dred years of his­tory, want to of­fer the new health tourism model?

I should say that our hos­pi­tal has many ad­van­tages to de­velop the health tourism model as it is lo­cated right in the cen­tre of Hoà Chí Minh City, the fastest de­vel­op­ing city in Vieät Nam. We think we should share the city’s his­tory and the hos­pi­tal’s rich med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with the rest of the world.

By of­fer­ing these com­bined ser­vices, what does your hos­pi­tal ex­pect to re­ceive?

By join­ing the health tourism busi­ness, our hos­pi­tal has re­sponded to city au­thor­i­ties’ so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment pol­icy while help­ing the Viet­namese pe­di­atric care sec­tor in gen­eral and the HCM City Pae­di­atric Hos­pi­tal No.2 in par­tic­u­lar.

We want to of­fer our ser­vices to Viet­namese chil­dren and chil­dren from Laos and Cam­bo­dia, our two clos­est neigh­bours.

We also want to in­tro­duce the hos­pi­tal’s his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment to for­eign vis­i­tors from both near and far. Fi­nally, we want to raise our rev­enue to im­prove the liveli­hood of hos­pi­tal staff.

Do you think the hos­pi­tal will do well in de­vel­op­ing this new model?

Our hos­pi­tal is al­ready able to of­fer all the health­care ser­vices our for­eign peers can of­fer. Fur­ther­more, we have a good con­tin­gent of med­i­cal doc­tors, in­clud­ing sur­geons who have been trained in Vieät Nam and abroad.

In the past few years, the hos­pi­tal has been suc­cess­ful in quite a few liver and kid­ney trans­plants. Thanks to these achieve­ments we have saved the lives of hun­dreds of young pa­tients. Fur­ther­more, our hos­pi­tal is the only one in south­ern Vieät Nam that can pro­vide can­cer treat­ment to young pa­tients.

Does the hos­pi­tal have suf­fi­cient staff and in­fra­struc­ture to of­fer ser­vices to for­eign tourists?

Our lo­gis­tics, in­fra­struc­ture, doc­tors and tech­ni­cal staff are all ready to launch the new ser­vice. We plan to build a 10-storey high tech build­ing in 2019, to be opened by 2021.

What are the val­ues that your hos­pi­tal will of­fer for­eign pa­tients?

We want to of­fer ad­vanced med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy at a low cost.

Our slo­gan is “the hos­pi­tal is your home.” We will do our ut­most to pro­vide the best ser­vices to our young pa­tients. This is the core value that we want to of­fer to our pa­tients and their par­ents.

What is the driv­ing force for the hos­pi­tal to of­fer the health tourism ser­vice?

We have treated a num­ber of young pa­tients from Cam­bo­dia and Laos who came to us in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Some of these pa­tients came from poor fam­i­lies. For us, sav­ing lives is our duty and our goal – re­gard­less of the pa­tient’s so­cial sta­tus.

Ac­cord­ing to the Viet­namese Min­istry of Health, ev­ery year some 80,000 for­eign pa­tients come to Vieät Nam for treat­ment, bring­ing about US$ 1 bil­lion into the coun­try. — VNS

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