Medical checkup fees down up to 20 percent from mid-July hinh anh 1Illustrative Image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Medical checkup fees will decrease by 15-20 percent as from July 15 when a circular issued by the Ministry of Health regulating uniform prices for medical checkup and treatment services for insurance card holders in hospitals across the country takes effect.

According to Nguyen Nam Lien, head of the Health Ministry’s Department of Planning and Finance, under the circular, medical checkup fees will be reduced by between 4,800 VND (0.12 USD)-5,900 VND (0.25 USD) depending on the category of the hospital.

For example, a medical checkup at a special-level hospital will cost 33,100 VND under the circular instead of the previous 39,000 VND, while the fee at a second-level hospital will be 29,600 VND instead of the present 35,000 VND.

At the same time, prices for hospital beds will also drop from 632,200 VND (27.8 USD) to 615,600 VND (27.06 VND) per day in level-1 hospital. Price of bed in the emergency unit in level-4 hospitals will also decline from the present 226,000 VND (9.94 USD) to 221,200 VND (9.73 USD).

Notably, some treatment services’ prices will also fall sharply. The cost for a tonsillitis surgery will drop from 3.6 million VND (158.4 USD) to 2 million VND (88 USD).

The circular, which was issued in June 18, also gives guidelines on the calculation of prices for medical services in some specific cases.-VNA