Guide to Healthcare in Vietnam

6 Expats Talk about Healthcare and Health Insurance in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 15, 2020

Summary: Expats living in Vietnam talk about healthcare, proximity to hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care in Vietnam, availability of prescription medicines and more.

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Expats in Vietnam offer insight into the quality of healthcare in Vietnam, proximity to hospitals, cost of health insurance and more.

What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Vietnam?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Vietnam about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"I would suggest checking on different hospitals, such as Tu Do, Columbia, FVH and a few others. Hospitals are competitive and like to show off what they do. Take a tour and choose a hospital one is comfortable with and will accept their respective insurance programs, if the prospective patient has one," commented an expat living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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What are medical services in Vietnam like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Vietnam, they replied:

"Healthcare is available, and their are also clinics and hospitals for foreigners. Dentistry is good and very cheap. Close and inexpensive," commented an expat living in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

"If you have a serious issue, travel to Bangkok or, Singapore for medical care. In Da Nang, there is a woman at the Pasteur Clinic who can treat women's issues but, I would go to BKK for more urgent/serious issues," commented an expat living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

"I don't have experience with a hospital stay, so I cannot give an opinion on that topic," said another expat in Da Nang.

What do you think about the cost of medical care in Vietnam?

"Cigna is expensive for us simply, because when we go to the USA we are not covered. So, we get a travel insurance and pay out of pocket for most heavy expenses. For example, I had to be hospitalized on a visit home and I didn't even reach the 5K deductible. It's frustrating. I get reimbursed for other expenses that I incur for example, dental emergencies etc. I am reconsidering how to deal with this situation in the next year," commented an expat living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

What are emergency services like?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Vietnam wrote:

"My Hoan is the hospital that I used for the medical clearance needed to get a work permit. Women have babies delivered at the Women's hospital. There is a Cancer Hospital (Da Nang Oncology Hospital) which is actually, brand new. There is an expat Medical Center called, Family Medical. You can use them and they organize evacuations for urgent care," commented an expat living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Are their specialists in the area or do you need to travel to see a specialist?

"Most friends will travel to Bangkok if they need special care ie: surgery of any kind, cancer, dermatology etc," commented an expat living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Are most prescription medications available in Vietnam?

"Medicine is available over the counter. I have a good pharmacy I go to but, you need to ask around about pharmacy's because, not all medicine is real or unexpired. I have for example, purchased ibuprofen that simply did not work," commented an expat living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

"Perscription medicines are easily available here at the local pharmacies. I did not need a script for my thyroid condition," said another expat in Da Nang.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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