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Hanoi (VNA) – The Examination and Treatment Management Department hosted a seminar on designing a project to improve the provision of medical checkup and treatment services in Hanoi on April 5.

Addressing the seminar, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said despite remarkable improvement in recent years, the medical service system still showed many shortcomings, including the overcrowded conditions at national-level hospitals.

The official stressed the seminar is part of the Health Ministry’s plan of actions to implement the Party Central Committee’s Resolution 20-NQ-TW on boosting health care work and improving public health.

Head of the Examination and Treatment Management Department Luong Ngoc Khue told the seminar that Vietnam is home to 1,451 public hospitals, of which 39 are centrally run, and 492 and 645 others are respectively run by provincial and district authorities. The private health sector has 219 hospitals and 31,594 clinics.

Khue said the project on improving the provision of medical services aims at providing access to affordable and quality treatments for all people.

Participants were informed on medical service models in regional countries like Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore, as well as in developed countries such as Canada and the Republic of Korea. They also heard reports by a number of health agencies on advantages/disadvantages in managing health services providers and their suggestions for improvement of the system.-VNA