Deputy PM highlights need to ensure adequate medicine supply in hospitals

Wednesday, 2018-07-25 11:43:14
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (R, second) emphasises the long-term bidding and drug purchase regulations must facilitate the management of drugs by the Ministry of Health as well as hospitals. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam held a working session on July 24 with leaders from the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Social Insurance, and representatives from a number of hospitals regarding the supply of medicines.

Referring to the current issues, the senior government official indicated the lack of medicine in several hospitals, accompanied by a risk of breaking the health insurance fund if health insurance payments are not well controlled amid low premiums for health insurance cards.

The Deputy PM asked the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Vietnam Social Insurance (VSI) and related hospitals to further discuss and propose measures to remove the above inadequacies.

In the immediate future, the ministry should accelerate the process of amending the circulars relating to the procurement of medicines in hospitals, avoiding the status of alternative medicines which are not being used due to limitations in regulations, leaving importers unable to transfer or sell drugs to each other.

For rare, less used drugs, the official asked the MoH to compile a list of those medicines, while hospitals should have a reserve mechanism for such medicines, in addition to developing more open regulations for some special hospitals to deal with the issue.

Drug procurement regulations should facilitate the management of the MoH as well as hospitals, Deputy PM Dam urged, adding that the MoH and the VSI should study and report any remaining problems which fall under their jurisdiction so that they are handled promptly.