Current Status

  • Anna G. Shillabeer


The Vietnamese healthcare environment is complex and intertwined. It is almost impossible to isolate the key stakeholders and there is a broad range of roles and responsibilities held by individuals and not only within the Ministry of Health or within Viet Nam. As a result progress is slow, and debate is constant. Vietnamese decision-makers are not accustomed to seeking input from external players; however, they wish to emulate the successes of their neighbours and beyond. This also creates conflict, stalls progress and too often results in suboptimal, blinkered decision-making. This chapter presents and analyses the current state of the healthcare environment in Viet Nam including the financial, policy and external factors that are at play. The chapter also discusses the opportunities and barriers facing any future development in Vietnamese healthcare.


Viet Nam Vietnam Healthcare Stakeholders Ministry of Health Finance Policy Opportunities Barriers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna G. Shillabeer
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  1. 1.CSEM, Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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