vietnamHospital during COVID-19pandemicDuring this period, medical equipment and supplies were sent to suppliers or enterprises, amounting to approximately 1.7 trillion VND, but due to administrative regulations, payment has not yet been made. Members of Congress have called on the government to confront and solve the problem, but officials say it is difficult to deal with.
Online media Vietnam Express (VnExpress) reported today that many hospitals in Vietnam purchased or sent medical equipment and supplies from companies or suppliers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.epidemic preventionUnable to make payment yet due to administrative difficulties.
Nguyen Huu Thong, deputy head of the Binh Thuan provincial parliamentary delegation, said at a parliamentary meeting on the 20th: “Creditors are tired of waiting, and debtors are tired of waiting for instructions.”
Statistics from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health show that so far, hospitals in 48 localities and 7 departments are sending medical equipment and epidemic prevention supplies, totaling about 1.7 trillion VND (about US$72.67 million). The Health Ministry will classify the types of borrowings and find a holistic solution.
Nguyen Huu Thong said that during the pandemic, the number of confirmed cases increased rapidly, making it difficult to shop according to normal rules. In line with the policy of “putting people’s lives and health first”, many hospitals have shipped medical equipment and supplies to suppliers or companies, but have been stuck in procedural issues and have not yet been paid. In Binh Thuan province, hospitals still owe business VND91 billion (about US$3.89 million).
The Viet Cong had earlier issued a resolution asking the government to propose solutions, but various sectors have not yet received instructions. Nguyen Hua Thong suggested that relevant departments provide guidance to hospitals on payment procedures.
Nguyen Lan Hieu, director of Hanoi Medical University Hospital, said it is a serious problem for hospitals to send medical equipment and supplies to the private sector but fail to repay them. Congress representatives suggested that the government give guidance to hospitals, but the government can only follow the rules. Hence the situation remains the same.
Ruan Linxiao said that in the hospital where he works, some cases cannot be paid because they are overdue beyond the fiscal year and there are no relevant regulations. Some cases must be referred to court. “If the hospital uses other people’s things it will definitely lose the case.” At that time the hospital will have to pay not only the money but also the interest.
Vietnamese Health Minister Dao Hong Lan said the pandemic crisis forced hospitals to advance funds and send equipment and materials. However, the existing documents do not provide for procedures such as borrowing, first borrowing and then repaying, or first borrowing and then borrowing. Then bid for repayment. Although Congress has asked the government to solve the problem, it is very difficult to do so.