Quickly remove problems to ensure medicine and medical equipment


The Government Office has just released Notice No. 229/TB-VPCP dated August 5, 2022 concluding conclusions of Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the meeting on the draft Resolution of the Government. The Government on guarantee of drugs, medical equipment and payment of medical examination and treatment expenses covered by health insurance.

The notice clearly states: Pursuant to the Government’s working regulations promulgated together with Decree No. 39/2022/ND-CP dated June 18, 2022, on the basis of discussion results at the meeting, the ministries: Economic, Planning and Investment, and Finance proactively, expeditiously review and handle issues within their competence.

For issues beyond its authority, the Ministry of Health proactively coordinated with relevant ministries and agencies, agreed on a plan to report to the Government for consideration and decision, ensuring quick removal of obstacles and focusing on the following issues. urgent and pressing issues in order to ensure drugs and equipment and make payment for medical examination and treatment expenses covered by health insurance in a timely manner, in accordance with the actual situation and in accordance with regulations; complete the dossier of the draft resolution and submit it to the Government before August 15, 2022.

The Ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance, Justice and Vietnam Social Insurance actively coordinated with the Ministry of Health to finalize the draft Resolution.

Quickly remove problems to ensure medicine and medical equipment.

Previously, sharing about the shortage of drugs, supplies and medical equipment, Ms. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong – Deputy Minister of Health said: There is a shortage of drugs, supplies and medical equipment. partly because the global supply chain was broken, the price of input materials increased; some countries apply anti-inflation measures… affecting the supply and prices of drugs, equipment and medical supplies.

However, the Deputy Minister of Health also frankly said that the main reason is subjective, with the organization of centralized bidding being slow to implement; has not actively negotiated drug prices close to the actual market situation; slow extension of drug registration; the inspection and promotion of the procurement of drugs, equipment and medical supplies has not been active and drastic; lack of close coordination among ministries, branches and localities; some officials, branches and localities are not strong, afraid of responsibility, do not dare to do…

According to Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Hoang Long – Director of the Financial Planning Department (Ministry of Health), statistics for 34/63 Departments of Health, 21/39 Central Hospitals and 2 affiliated hospitals of the University showed that 28/34 Departments of Health. Health reports there is a shortage of drugs locally. 12/21 Central hospital reported a shortage of drugs at the unit.

In particular, drugs that are lacking at medical examination and treatment facilities include a number of reserve antibiotics used to treat critically ill patients, narcotic drugs, psychotropic drugs, some cardiovascular drugs, and treatment of hypertension. medicine to treat dengue fever, ophthalmic medicine, traditional medicine.

In addition, 26/34 Departments of Health and 15/21 Central Hospitals reported a shortage of consumables and chemicals. The reported shortage of consumables and chemicals are mainly chemicals used for testing.

There are 14/34 Departments of Health and 8/21 central hospitals reporting a shortage of medical equipment such as specialized medical equipment: operating room equipment, specialized equipment for neurology, cardiology, otolaryngoscopy, eye, digestive, respiratory, critical care, imaging equipment, specialized testing equipment.

Regarding the solutions the health sector has been implementing related to bidding, procurement of drugs, medical supplies and equipment, Mr. Nguyen Hoang Long said, in order to strengthen capacity, efficiency, practice saving In order to save money and fight waste in procurement and bidding at its subsidiaries and affiliates, on March 30, 2022, the Ministry of Health issued a written request to units to continue strictly implementing Directive No. 47. /CT-TTg dated December 27, 2017 of the Prime Minister; Directive No. 03/CT-BKHDT dated May 24, 2019 of the Ministry of Planning and Investment; Directive No. 20/CT-BYT dated October 1, 2020 of the Ministry of Health and legal documents, current documents related to bidding, procurement of equipment, goods and services , drugs, chemicals, biological products, tools and consumables… Planning for selection of contractors to provide goods and services used in medical examination and treatment must ensure the initiative, publicity and transparency. have reasonable inheritance and backup to avoid passivity between planning periods.

An Nguyen (th)

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