In an article in Saigon Online, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien is quoted as saying round 40,000 Vietnamese wealthy patients went abroad for treatment in 2018, spending US$2 billion on medical services.
The article also covers Minister Tien saying that Vietnam has no medical marketing companies whereas Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand have established representative officers in Vietnam to persuade rich Vietnam patients to go to these countries for medical services.
The article states that, according to the Medical Examination and Treatment Department’s statistics, Vietnam admitted more than 234,000 foreign patients in 2014 with over 26,000 inpatients and more than 300,000 international patients arriving in the country for medical services with 57,000 inpatients. Foreign patients have sought dental services or treatment for heart, cosmetic surgeries, reproductive problems and cancer. Most of patients arriving in Vietnam for medical services are Vietnamese people abroad, Laotians, Cambodian, Japanese and South Koreans.
For a more detailed analysis of the medical travel sector in Vietnam, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.