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Health in Vietnam - statistics & facts

Vietnam has made significant progress in improving the population’s health parallel to its economic development. An average Vietnamese could now expect to live to 75 years, compared to 70 years in the 1990s. This is relatively high compared to countries with similar GDP per capita. As people live longer, both the public and private sectors have been striving to meet the population’s growing healthcare demands. For example, the number of hospitals in Vietnam is rising fast, especially in the number of private facilities.

Improvements in healthcare

Vietnam’s current health expenditure per capita is one of the highest in the Southeast Asia region. Although improvements are still needed, the country had made progress in increasing both the ratio of patient beds, as well as doctors. In addition, Vietnam is currently working to achieve universal healthcare by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, the majority of Vietnamese had health insurance.

As a result, there had been significant improvements in its population’s health, such as a decline in the infant mortality rate. However, the mortality rate among infants in rural areas was twice as high as in urban areas. The gap between the state of Vietnam’s healthcare systems in rural and urban areas is one of the important issues to be addressed. The other is to prepare the Vietnamese healthcare system for the demands of a rapidly aging population. By 2050, the share of people over 65 years old was forecast to reach more than 20 percent of the Vietnamese population.

Impact of COVID-19 on Vietnamese healthcare system

Despite being among the first countries to record a COVID-19 case outside of China at the beginning of the pandemic, Vietnam had one of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Asia Pacific region as of March 2021. Vietnam was praised for its proactive approach in containing the outbreaks, with a strategy based on comprehensive testing, tracing, and centralized quarantining. While reinforcing healthcare facilities in preparation for outbreaks, the Ministry of Health also communicated effectively and transparently with the population via all possible media outlets, including social media and messaging platforms. At the beginning of 2021, Vietnam began its vaccination campaigns, starting with front-line health care workers. Besides importing vaccine doses from abroad, it has also been developing its own vaccines, which were expected to be in use at the end of 2021.

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Health in Vietnam - statistics & facts

Vietnam has made significant progress in improving the population’s health parallel to its economic development. An average Vietnamese could now expect to live to 75 years, compared to 70 years in the 1990s. This is relatively high compared to countries with similar GDP per capita. As people live longer, both the public and private sectors have been striving to meet the population’s growing healthcare demands. For example, the number of hospitals in Vietnam is rising fast, especially in the number of private facilities.

Improvements in healthcare

Vietnam’s current health expenditure per capita is one of the highest in the Southeast Asia region. Although improvements are still needed, the country had made progress in increasing both the ratio of patient beds, as well as doctors. In addition, Vietnam is currently working to achieve universal healthcare by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, the majority of Vietnamese had health insurance.

As a result, there had been significant improvements in its population’s health, such as a decline in the infant mortality rate. However, the mortality rate among infants in rural areas was twice as high as in urban areas. The gap between the state of Vietnam’s healthcare systems in rural and urban areas is one of the important issues to be addressed. The other is to prepare the Vietnamese healthcare system for the demands of a rapidly aging population. By 2050, the share of people over 65 years old was forecast to reach more than 20 percent of the Vietnamese population.

Impact of COVID-19 on Vietnamese healthcare system

Despite being among the first countries to record a COVID-19 case outside of China at the beginning of the pandemic, Vietnam had one of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Asia Pacific region as of March 2021. Vietnam was praised for its proactive approach in containing the outbreaks, with a strategy based on comprehensive testing, tracing, and centralized quarantining. While reinforcing healthcare facilities in preparation for outbreaks, the Ministry of Health also communicated effectively and transparently with the population via all possible media outlets, including social media and messaging platforms. At the beginning of 2021, Vietnam began its vaccination campaigns, starting with front-line health care workers. Besides importing vaccine doses from abroad, it has also been developing its own vaccines, which were expected to be in use at the end of 2021.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 32 most important statistics relating to "Health in Vietnam".

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