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State hospital officials can work for private clinics overtime

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

According to the Law on Medical Treatment, medical officials are allowed to establish private clinics and work overtime at these clinics, which operate in line with the Unified Enterprise Law and the Cooperatives Law.

Hoan My private hospital attracts many medical workers from public hospitals.

The Ministry of Health has announced the new law which will take effect as of January 1, 2011. Medics, however, must be licensed to practice the business.

According to deputy health minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen, the highlight of the Law on Medical Treatment is to increase the medical workers’ professional skills and to meet the increasing demand for medical check-ups and treatment.

A previous regulation on medical examination and treatment stated that individuals and organizations in public hospitals are allowed to work in private clinics until December 31, 2010.

The regulation aimed to prevent medical workers from neglecting their duties in public hospitals.




Source: SGGP

Over 7,200 public, private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Over 7,200 public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City do not have standard wastewater treatment systems, the Department of Health has reported.

These medical clinics have only rudimentary systems at the best and discharged their wastewater into septic tanks, which are then released into the sewerage system.

The old waste water treatment facilities of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Over 7,200 public and private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system or the old facilities can’t meet the increase in usage

Approximately 45 central, city and district hospitals and private clinics, have not improved their wastewater treatment systems and the old systems cannot satisfy the increase in usage. The wastewater system is overloaded.

Hospitals said they are short of skill personnel in dealing with the issue, while the relevant agencies have yet to penalize any hospital or clinic that do not meet the requirements of a modern waste treatment system.

However, the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment has fined the Mental Hospital in District 5. The hospital was fined VND6 million and was forced to quickly construct a modern standard wastewater treatment facility.

Hospitals in the city have dumped thousands cubic meters of wastewater into the river environments every day.

Source: SGGP

More incentives needed for private sector

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

More incentives needed for private sector

QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

The private business sector needs a greater effort and more favourable policies to see a stronger growth, both in quantity and quality.

Since the Business Law was introduced, the private sector has seen a significant growth in quantity. The number of private businesses has increased by 15 times from 31,000 in 2000 to the present figure of more than 400,000. The average chartered capital also rose from VND1.29 billion in 2001 to VND11.2 billion in 2009, 1.44 percent of businesses have a registered capital of more than VND200 billion and 0.6 percent have more than VND50 billion.

According to the 2008 index, while a state-run business needs VND436.5 million to create a new job, a private company needs only VND250 million. This shows how effective the private sector can be.

Le Duy Binh from Economica Company said there should be better policies for the sector to develop support industries for not only foreign but also Vietnamese state-run companies.

Economic expert Pham Chi Lan said that limited premises for business and production and a lack of capital are behind the sector’s low profits.

Private businesses find it hard to access bank loans because they do not have the premises to mortgage, she said, adding that their weaknesses in management and outdated technologies also prevent private businesses from developing.

It is estimated that only 2 percent of private businesses in Vietnam have access to modern technologies, much lower than Thai businesses (30 percent), Malaysia (51 percent), and Singapore (73 percent).

Phan Vinh Quang, Deputy Director of Star Vietnam, said that although the private sector has taken advantage of Vietnam’s cheap workforce, they can not develop as expected.

Poor business management and lack of and confidence also stand in their way of progress, said Vinh.

Nguyen Dinh Cung, Vice President of the Central Institute for Economic  Management, said the businesses environment has improved in recent time but the key to success depends on business themselves.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Some private security firms to stay in Afghanistan

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

KABUL, Oct 18 (AFP) – The Afghan government rolled back its plan to disband all private security firms, declaring that those protecting embassies and military bases could maintain those operations in the country.

President Hamid Karzai’s office said firms “providing security for embassies, transport of diplomats, diplomatic residences, international forces’ bases and depots can continue operation within these limits”.

AFP file – Private security officers protect Afghan President Hamid Karzai (2nd L) during a visit to in Bagram Airfield in May 2010.

Karzai in August ordered that all private security contractors operating in the country, both Afghan and international, must cease operations by January 1, 2011, despite a continuing Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgency.

The decree led to widespread concern that the deadline was too tight to find alternatives amid a deteriorating security situation, and fears that some diplomats and private companies would be forced to leave Afghanistan.

While the measure received widespread support in principle, diplomats, military officials and private security contractors have said Karzai’s government has been under intense pressure to reconsider the blanket ban.

In a brief statement Sunday, Karzai’s office said that “concerns expressed by NATO commanders and foreign embassies about the dissolution of private security companies” had been considered.

Firms not involved in military or diplomatic security would be dissolved as planned, it said.

“Other private security companies pose a serious threat to internal security and national sovereignty, and the dissolution process will continue with no exception,” the statement said.

Afghan officials have said that more than 50 private security firms, about half of them Afghan, employ tens of thousands of armed personnel across the country.

Following the collapse of the Taliban regime in a US-led invasion in 2001 private security firms rushed in to fill a vacuum created by a lack of adequately trained police and army forces.

In 2006 the Afghan authorities began registering, regulating and licensing the firms but there have been questions about the activities of some.

The companies provide security to the international forces, the Pentagon, the UN mission, aid and non-governmental organisations, embassies and Western media companies in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government earlier this month formally banned eight foreign private security firms, including Xe, the controversial company formerly called Blackwater.

Executives with private security firms have refused to speak publicly about the ban, but have said that visas for some employees have been cancelled as part of the dissolution process.

Some have also said that clients had expressed concerns about the ban, as the insurgency spreads across the country and foreign construction and aid contractors are targeted by the Taliban.

But Karzai has accused the security companies of running an “economic mafia” based around “corruption contracts” favoured by the international community.

He has said the firms duplicate the work of the Afghan security forces and divert much-needed resources, while Afghans criticise the private guards as overbearing and abusive, particularly on the country’s roads.

Critics have said the tight deadline would not allow enough time to negotiate an alternative to private contractors in a country were security is a priority and police are generally not trusted.

Karzai’s spokesman Waheed Omer said earlier this month that the ban would not immediately affect companies dealing with the training of national security forces or guards operating inside buildings to provide protection.

“The focus is on those security companies which are protecting the highways, protecting transport caravans — those areas other than the training of Afghan security forces or protecting the internal premises of international organisations or embassies, or others,” he said.

Omer said security had improved along some highways since the ban on private guards operating as escorts for supply convoys in those areas.

Xe, formerly Blackwater, gained notoriety in Iraq after guards protecting a convoy opened fire in a busy Baghdad square in September 2007, killing as many as 17 civilians.

Last month two former Blackwater security guards went on trial in the United States, accused of the murder of two Afghan citizens in a 2009 shooting.

Source: SGGP

Third private carrier flies Vietnam’s skies

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am

Third private carrier flies Vietnam’s skies

QĐND – Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s third private airline, Air Mekong, received its Air Operator’s Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) in Kien Giang province in the south on October 8.

The carrier also launched its first two routes, Hanoi – Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc on the same day. 

“The CAAV certificate will open a new page for our development”, said Air Mekong chairman Doan Quoc Viet. 

He said Air Mekong started commercial operations on October 9 with eight flights from Ha Noi and HCM City to Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot and Pleiku, adding that Air Mekong will expand operations in November, including flights to Da Lat in the Central Highlands and Da Nang city. 

The airline has launched a promotional offer with 1,000 tickets on sale until November 9 at prices from VND400,000 to VND1.2 million on all its domestic routes. Tickets are on sale at travel agents as well as Air Mekong’s website and customer care centres. 

Air Mekong was established in 2009 by the Ha Long Investment and Development Company based at Phu Quoc Airport. The other two private carriers already operating in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia. 

The CAAV said there are also a number of other organisations and individuals planning to launch airlines. To qualify, private operators must have a charter capital of at least VND500 billion to fly internationally and VND200 billion to launch domestic flights. They must also meet strict aviation and security standards.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Health insurance card holders flock to private hospitals

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

Many patients with health insurance cards in Ho Chi Minh City have turned to private hospitals and health centers instead of public hospitals in search of better services.

A nurse receives patients with health insurance cards at the Hoan My General Hospital, one of the biggest private hospitals in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

One year after the adjusted health insurance law took effect, the shift seems to be a general trend, going by reports from private healthcare establishments. The new law’s requires patients to pay 5-20 percent of health check and treatment costs.

Observers say that this has eased the overload that public hospitals have for long suffered.

The Phuoc An general medical center, which has six clinics in Phu Nhuan, Binh Tan, Tan Phu, 4, 6, and 10 districts, receives 1,800 people for health checks and treatment every day, 50 percent of them with health insurance cards, double the figure compared to two years ago.

Besides attentive doctors and staff, the center has also equipped itself with new and modern facilities to ensure faster health checks and test results in a move to attract more people with insurance cards.

It has also improved procedures to better serve patients with health insurance cards, including receiving patients outside administrative times on Thursday and Sunday.

The An Sinh private general hospital in Phu Nhuan District has also focused on serving more patients with insurance cards since its inception in 2006.

K. Anh, who has been treated for a kidney ailment at the hospital for the last two years, said she’d suffered from kidney failure for four years now. For the first two years, she was treated at a public hospital in the city. She moved to An Sinh Hospital after they began providing better service to insurance card patients, Anh said.

According to the HCMC Social Insurance Agency, the number of private medical centers and hospitals registering to serve health insurance card holders has risen to 77 from just 23 in 2008.

Half of over 4.2 million people buying health insurance cards have visited private centers and hospitals for health checks and treatment, the agency said.

As the private sector pays more attention to increase their market penetration in terms of serving more health insurance card holders, public hospitals can enjoy an easing of the overload that they constantly labor under.

Some private hospitals have said they are still experiencing some difficulties in getting payment from those with health insurance cards.

For now, however, the private healthcare sector is bound to stick to the strategy of attracting more health insurance card holders because their treatment is provided at market prices, senior personnel at some private hospitals said.

Source: SGGP

VN’s third private air carrier set for take-off

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

VN’s third private air carrier set for take-off

QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

Air Mekong, Vietnam’s third private air carrier, is scheduled to launch its first flights on October 10.

“The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) will finish its checks and appraisal to enable Air Mekong’s operation next month,” the company stated in a press release.

“Air Mekong is scheduled to begin selling tickets from mid-September and to launch its first flights on October 10 of this year,” the company said.

The airline is scheduled to fly from Hanoi and HCMCity to Da Nang , Nha Trang, Da Lat and Phu Quoc. In addition, it has also asked permission to fly from HCM City to Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot, Hai Phong and Vinh.

On August 15, the airline received delivery of four made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft owned by Skywest Leasing Inc of the US. Each aircraft has 95 business and economy-class seats.

Air Mekong was established in 2009 by Ha Long Investment and Development Company. It will be headquartered at PhuQuocAirport. The other two private carriers in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia.

The CAAV said there were a number of organisations and individuals planning to launch airlines. To qualify, private operators must have a charter capital of at least 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) to fly internationally and 200 billion VND (10.5 million USD) to launch domestic flights. Airlines must also meet strict aviation and security standards.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam to attract Japan’s private investment

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Vietnam to attract Japan’s private investment

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam needs to attract Japan’s private investment capital for its infrastructure development, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong. 

Deputy Minister Dong made the statement at his working visit to the country that concluded on August 8. 

Japan has been Vietnam’s traditional economic cooperation partner over the two past decades and will be the nation’s important economic partner in the coming decade, he said. 

The visit was intended to promote public-private partnership (PPP) investment in Vietnam’s large-scaled infrastructure construction projects, attract investment from Japan’s small and medium-sized enterprises and encourage Japan’s indirect investment channel into Vietnam, he added. 

According to Deputy Minister Dong, Vietnam needs at least US$15 billion per year for large-scaled infrastructure development projects in the next ten years. 

He agreed with senior economic experts from Japan’s Daiwa Institute of Research that Vietnam should shift from depending on official development assistance (ODA) capital sources to mobilising capital sources from the private sector to develop infrastructure, including the application of PPP model. 

Mr Dong noted that 50-60 percent of estimated capital sources for Vietnam’s infrastructure development in the coming decade must be mobilised from domestic and foreign private sectors. 

He told the Vietnam-Japan economic seminar in Tokyo on August 3 that Vietnam hopes to mobilise the amount of capital from the private sector only make up almost one percent of Asia’s total of US$8 trillion.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Private clinics violate law by revealing baby gender in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Despite the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s ban on doctor’s revealing the gender of fetuses to expectant parents, most doctors in private clinics in big cities are more than glad tell parents anyway, as a way to draw more customers to their clinic.

Obstetric private clinics mushroom in streets in Hanoi. Due to pressures of competition, doctors of such hospital are often glad to reveal the gender of fetuses, despite the law forbidding the practice ( Photo: SGGP)

Private obstetrics clinics that provide ultrasound scan services capable of revealing the sex of unborn babies have mushroomed in Hanoi. Private clinics on Thai Thinh, Van Bao, De La Thanh and Giai Phong streets in Hanoi have seen influx of pregnant women waiting their turn to undergo an ultrasound scan.

However, the reliability of ultrasound results greatly depends on the technician’s experience and skill.

An anonymous doctor of a private hospital admitted most of expectant mothers would not undergo an ultrasound test purely to check on the baby’s position, general development or to see if congenital malformations are taking place, but to learn the gender of the baby.

If doctors refused to reveal the gender of fetuses, the clinic would not attract as nearly as many clients.

MOH banned doctors from revealing to prospective parents the gender of their unborn baby or else face having their licensees revoked.

The move is designed to redress the imbalance in the ratio of boys to girls in the country. Nguyen Ba Thuy, vice-minister and general director of the General Office for Population and Family Planning, expressed his concern that gender imbalance in Vietnam has reached an alarming level, blaming baby predictions that take place at private hospitals.

The gender ratio among newborns in Vietnam has risen to 112 boys for every 100 girls. In some localities in the Red River delta this rate has increased to 115 boys for every 100 girls.

Thus, doctors in private clinics must use different ways to tell expectant parents about the gender of the baby to avoid violating the ban.

A doctor said some couples, after learning their unborn fetus is a female, decide to abort it. For instance, a couple in the mountainous northern province of Son La, who already have two daughters, rushed to Hanoi for an ultrasound scan test to learn the gender of their unborn baby. They decided to remove the baby after being told the baby is a girl, despite being advised against doing so because the fetus was large. Unluckily for them, after aborting the baby, they were told it had been male.

Source: SGGP

Second CEO pursues private aircraft deal

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Second CEO pursues private aircraft deal

QĐND – Friday, April 09, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The CEO of Hoa Phat Corporation, Tran Dinh Long, has confirmed that he is negotiating to buy a private aircraft.

He said that the two sides are negotiating and no news could be revealed during this process.

It is said that the aircraft will be bought from his own money.

An official from the Vietnam Aviation Department revealed that the agency had received the information about the trade and guides about procedure had been given.

He said that there were no restrictions for a Vietnamese citizen to own a private aircraft; however, all documents related to lifetime of aircraft or aircraft type, which is new in Vietnam, are required for licensing. 

If the business is successful, Long will become the second person in Vietnam to own a private aircraft, after Doan Nguyen Duc, CEO of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group.

Source: TN – Photo: cafef

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND