Published on : Friday, January 17, 2020
For medical tourism, the number of overseas Vietnamese and foreigners coming to Việt Nam has continuously grown in the last few years, according to the city’s Department of Tourism.
Treatments include full range of medical services, comprising the most common choices of services including dental care, cosmetic surgery, and cardiology intervention along with fertility treatment.
In 2019, over 357,000 patients from overseas countries had visited hospitals in Việt Nam for the purpose of medical check-ups as well as treatment, with in-patients estimating 57,000, generating revenue worth US$2 billion.
HCM City experienced a 40 per cent of growth in the number of foreign patients. The HCM City University Medical Centre, a well-known destination for international tourists, welcomes 40-50 foreign patients on an average a day.
To quote Âu Thanh Tùng, head of the hospital’s general planning department, “Foreign patients from nearly 80 countries have visited the hospital for medical treatment, with Laos and Cambodia accounting for 80 per cent.”
“The main drivers of medical tourism development are highly competent doctors, modern infrastructure and advanced technology as well as better-quality care.”
According to the Health Ministry’s Medical Services Administration, in Việt Nam, cost of dentistry is three to ten times lower than in other Asian countries.
In spite of high quality care and lower cost, the number of tourists coming for dental purposes still looks meek compared to the total number of foreign visitors to the country.
In recent years, an average of 100,000 international patients has received dental care with annual revenue of VNĐ3.5 billion ($151,200).
Experts suggest that long-term strategic plans and concerted efforts were required for the growth and development of medical tourism.
The city’s People’s Committee’s preparation on medical tourism development for the 2019-25 period calls for expanded emergency medical services for tourists.