Vietnam is a densely populated developing country that has emerged as one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. Economic growth reached 7% in 2019 in real terms. Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19, growth dropped but remained in positive territory in 2020 with 1.6%. Real GDP growth in Vietnam is expected to bounce back to 6.7% in 2021.
Today Vietnam ranks as the third most populous country in South East Asia, with close to 100 million people. Its population is young but rapidly ageing: the country’s life expectancy is forecasted to reach 78 years by 2030.
Vietnam enjoys one of the highest health expenditures as a percentage of GDP in the region. Because of the country’s rapid economic development, healthcare spending per capita has grown at a remarkable pace. Vietnam’s healthcare system has a mixture of public and private elements, with the national public insurance scheme providing coverage to around 90% of the population.
Challenges of the Vietnamese healthcare system
On the other hand, the current Vietnamese healthcare workforce is deemed insufficient to meet the needs of the population. Maldistribution of health workers between urban and remote areas is also a challenge, as most high-skilled doctors and nurses concentrate in provincial and central-level hospitals. In addition, overcrowding and high occupancy rates are serious problems in Vietnam’s public hospitals.
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