Being admitted to hospital in Vietnam
It is recommended to go to private hospitals in large cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh or Danang. International health clinics in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can treat minor illnesses and injuries, but more serious problems often require medical evacuation to other cities in the region.
Public hospitals are often overcrowded, do not have the necessary equipment and qualified medical staff are lacking.
The quality of medical care may be different from one hospital to another and in the event of surgery, you usually need to make cash advances.
Private hospitals provide better services but the cost of medical care is high, which is why it is important to take out international healthcare insurance coverage in Vietnam.
It is extremely important that travelers have sufficient funds and/or insurance to cover any potential medical costs. Frequently hospitals will hold onto a patient’s passport as collateral for payment, and patients may have difficulty getting their passport back without paying their medical bills in full. Patients who do not pay their medical bills in full also run the risk of being barred from departing the country.
As there are not enough ambulances, there are some illegal ambulances going around in large cities: we advise you to be vigilant.
Private hospitals have their own ambulance service; it is recommended to use these services in the event of an emergency.