Medical tourism in Vietnam has been growing considerably in recent years. With the availability of traditional medicine, healing vacations, high-quality procedures, JCI accredited hospitals, etc, expats have a lot to anticipate. Let’s discover what patients can expect from a medical trip to Vietnam.
Located on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is bordered by the East Sea to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the southeast, China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The country is known for its various wonders, including Ha Long Bay, Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Town, Sa Pa, etc. Since the 1990s, there have been major, continuous developments in Vietnam’s infrastructure, which makes it an even more ideal destination for tourists.
Recently, Vietnam has emerged as a popular hub for healthcare services. According to Vietnamnet, in 2017, Vietnam attracted around 80,000 foreign tourists, who spent $2 billion for health check-up and treatment in total. Ho Chi Minh City alone welcomed almost 40,000 medical tourists. Every year, the Vietnamese medical sector’s growth is about 18-20 percent.
Why choose Vietnam as a Medical Tourism Destination?
There are several reasons for the popularity of Vietnam as a medical travel destination.
1. Accessible geographic location
The country’s geographic location makes it accessible for people from all over the world, especially those in neighboring countries such as Australia. According to Tran Quoc Bao, Planning & Marketing Director of City International Hospital, HCM City: “Vietnam is located in the center of Southeast Asia, which makes it convenient to reach from Southeast Asian countries. Plus, Vietnam has the advantage of political stability. This makes Vietnam a safe and secure traveling destination for foreign tourists.”
2. High-quality, yet affordable medical treatment
Vietnam is an ideal country for dental care. Compared with that in developed countries, the cost of dental-related procedures in Vietnam is 50% lower; yet the service quality, doctor skills, and technical equipment are not to be looked down on.
Also, according to VnExpress, the 2017 Beauty Price Index released by Latin American e-commerce platform Linio has recognized Vietnam as the world’s most affordable place for cosmetic surgery. The availability of services such as less-than-a-thousand-dollar nose job and US$2,000 breast augmentation makes Vietnam one of the most economical destinations for beauty care.
3. JCI accredited hospitals
JCI, which stands for Joint Commission International, is one of the most prestigious healthcare accreditation in the world. The accreditation has 8 sets of standard relating to patient care and 6 sets relating to hospital management. It is proof of hospitals that offers the best treatment and safety for patients.
You may be interested in: The Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation
4. Traditional medicine
As a neighboring country of China, Vietnam has an extensive history of traditional medicine. Foreign travelers who visit Vietnam can choose to experience healthcare services based on the basis of Oriental medicine, with acupuncture as the main component.
Currently, Vietnam has established major acupuncture centers such as Central Acupuncture Hospital, Central Traditional Medicine Hospital (all in Hanoi), Institute of Medicine and Ethnic Group of Ho Chi Minh City, etc.
5. Various tourist attractions
Delicious cuisine, beautiful beaches, exotic culture, etc. are just some of the various appealing things that Vietnam can offer. As a fast-growing expat destination and business hub, the country is also well-known as a top destination for travellers from all over the world.
With over 3,000 km of coastline, Vietnam has developed various resorts in the coastal areas. Some of these, such as Do Son (Hai Phong), Sam Son (Thanh Hoa), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Vung Tau (Ba Ria-Vung Tau) have been available since the beginning of the 11th century.
From the late 19th to the early 20th century, the French have invested in the building of many resorts and medical facilities, including the resorts in the mountainous areas such as Tam Dao, Sa Pa Northern, Bach Ma, Ba Na (Central), Dalat (South), etc.
The 3 top-rated hospitals in Vietnam
Vietnam’s healthcare system has undergone major changes in recent years. Up to now, more than 1200 hospitals and clinics have been established across the country. Among them, some have emerged as hotspots for medical travelers due to their international reputation, world-class facilities, staff qualification, and experience in treating foreign patients.
Franco-Vietnamese Hospital (FV Hospital)
FV Hospital is a 100% foreign-owned private hospital. As the first JCI-accredited Vietnam hospital in the Southern region, FV provides world-class healthcare services for expat and local patients. The hospital has about 220 beds, 1000 staffs (including 130 Vietnamese and expatriate doctors), and serves approximately half a million patient visits per year.
FV offers comprehensive treatments that cover over 30 specialties. The hospital is comprised of different special divisions, namely Hope Cancer Centre, Bone & Joint Centre, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Ear-Nose-Throat, and General Surgery department.
Address: 6 Nguyen Luong Bang, South Sai Gon, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 17:00
Saturday: 8:00 – 12:00
Vinmec International Hospital
Vinmec Healthcare System is funded by Vingroup Corporation with the aim of providing high-quality healthcare services for patients. As of now, Vinmec consists of 8 hospitals/ clinics, two of which (one in Hanoi and one in Ho Chi Minh City) have already been awarded the JCI accreditation.
Vinmec medical centers are well-known for their modern facilities and state-of-the-art medical equipment. The treatments they provide cover numerous specialties, including Oncology, Cardiology, and Organ Transplantation. In addition, the hospitals also offer numerous service packages, including Maternity, Umbilical cord blood, Cancer screening, General health check-up, and Health insurance.
Aside from the hospital chain, Vinmec Healthcare System has also established its specialized research institutes, namely Stem Cell Institute and Oncology Institute.
Vinmec Central Park: 208 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Vinmec Times City: 458 Minh Khai, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
- General & Specialist Clinics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gastroenterology, Dentistry
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 12:00 (Morning); 13:00 – 17:00 (Afternoon)
Saturday: 8:00 – 12:00
- Pediatrics Clinic
Monday – Sunday: 8:00 – 17:00
Cao Thang International Eye Hospital
Cao Thang Eye Hospital is the first Vietnam hospital to receive the JCI accreditation. The medical centre is known both locally and internationally as one of the best providers of eye care service in Vietnam. Since 2011, it has been a member of the World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH).
Cao Thang Eye Hospital examines approximately 90,000 patients and performs more than 5,000 surgeries each year. The hospital offer treatments that cover 11 specialties, including comprehensive eye check-up, LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, and treatment of conditions such as glaucoma, vitro-retina, presbyopia, cornea & refraction, etc.
Address: 135B Tran Binh Trong Str, Ward 2, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Monday – Saturday: 7:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 8:00 – 16:00
Public holiday: 8:00 – 12:00
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