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Vietnam Health

Vietnam Health

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Vietnam Health

Healthcare

The Vietnamese healthcare system is improving year by year, however expats would be well advised to get a good healthcare plan with an international insurance provider. Public hospital staff rarely speak English, which is why it's recommended that expats visit a private hospital. We have pulled together all the information that you might need in order to make your healthcare in Vietnam a great and easy experience.

  • Health Insurance

    It is very important to have a great health insurance plan that is all inclusive when you're living in Vietnam as an expat. Doctors, hospitals and medicines are costly wherever you are in the world and having a good insurance provider will give you peace of mind should you get sick.

  • Hospitals

    There is not a shortage of hospitals in Vietnam but saying that there are only a limited few that cater for the expat community. A lot of the government run hospitals speak only in Vietnamese but are a lot cheaper than the hospitals that are multi-lingual, so if you do require a cheaper hospital it may be worth taking a translator with you to help with communication.

  • Pharmacies

    There are many pharmacies dotted in and around Vietnam and a prescription is not needed for most medicines, including anti biotics. This makes Vietnam a very popular place to get medication for a fraction that it would cost in the west and without a prescription too.

  • Healthcare

    The quality of healthcare in Vietnam has dramatically improved in the last few years and significant progress has been reported in life expectancy and child mortality rates. Medical care is provided in both private and public sectors and most services have to be paid for.

  • Pregnancy & Giving Birth

    Expats are in two minds about giving birth in Vietnam, some opt to go home because they feel they will receive a better standard of care while others stay and have happy, healthy babies in Vietnam hospitals.

  • Emergency Numbers

    It is always important to know the local emergency numbers of the city you live in or are travelling to, especially if you are a newcomer. ExpatWoman recommends that you print these emergency numbers and have them to hand, stick them on your fridge or have them handy in a drawer, it could save yours or your family’s life.

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