Joint Annual Health Review

JAHR 2008:Health Financing in Viet Nam

After numerous discussions, the HPG agreed that the JAHR 2008 should focus on: “Health Financing in Viet Nam”, as the analysis will go into great depth on issues relating to health financing – arguably one of the most contentious and vital topics which, if addressed successfully, could resolve many of the other issues facing the health system of Viet Nam.

 

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 Overview

After numerous discussions, the HPG agreed that the JAHR 2008 should focus on: “Health Financing in Viet Nam”, as the analysis will go into great depth on issues relating to health financing – arguably one of the most contentious and vital topics which, if addressed successfully, could resolve many of the other issues facing the health system of Viet Nam.

JAHR 2008 begins with a general update on the situation in the Vietnamese health sector in 2008 and outlines the tasks of the health sector in 2009.
Next, the review moves into the focal topic of the JAHR 2008, which includes: an overview of the Viet Nam health financing system; status and issues in mobilizing funds from different sources, e.g. state budget, health insurance, external aid, household out-of-pocket payments, other social resources; issues relating to management modalities of health financing, e.g. financial autonomy, hospital reimbursement methods, and financial support for those entitled to social policy support for medical services.
The final part of the review includes general conclusions, summarizing the major findings on the status of health financing in Viet Nam, major challenges and solutions for the kpriority issues in the plan for 2009 and subsequent years. This is the part of the document that aims to support the annual planning process of the MoH and offers inputs to dialogue and cooperation between the Vietnamese health sector and external partners on issues relating to health financing. In addition, the recommendations will be conveyed to policy makers including the Party, National Assembly, Government and concerned Ministries for coordination, particularly on issues pertaining to macro policy reform.
In addition, the annexes of the 2008 review present a table outlining progress made in implementing recommendations on solutions for those issues identified as priorities in 2007, another summarizing priorities and solutions based on analysis for the JAHR 2008, and a third table presenting data on monitoring indicators for the health care sector.

Editing board

               Nguyễn Quốc Triệu MD PhD

               Dương Huy Liệu MD PhD

               Nguyễn Hoàng Long MD PhD

               Assoc Prof. Phạm Trọng Thanh MD PhD

               Sarah Bales MSc

               Dương Đức Thiện MSc

              

Consultants

               Assoc Prof. Lê Quang Cường MD PhD

               Nguyễn Kim Phương MSc

               Nguyễn Khánh Phương MSc

               Phạm Trí Dũng MD PhD

               Trần Văn Tiến MD PhD

               Nguyễn Đình Cường MD MSc

               Đào Thanh Huyền MSc

               Đào Thanh Hồng  MSc

               Dương Huy Lương MD MPH

               Trần Thị Mai Oanh MD MPH

               Hoàng Thị Phượng MSc

               Khương Anh Tuấn MD PhD

               Vũ Văn Chính MD MSc

               Đặng Bội Hương MSc

               Nguyễn Văn Chỉnh PhD