Background

The national health system favoring Health Technological Assessment (HTA) to support policy decision-making processes is a crucial step towards evidence-informed health policy in Vietnam. However, the implementation of HTA to the Vietnamese health policies is rather a new concept. Health cost data, in particular, is a crucial element of any health economic evaluations on aspects of either cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-minimization, and so on. Therefore, due to its importance to support HTA, and the fact that there is no central cost database of health services in Vietnam, our research team have been developing and updating a systematic collection of other researched unit costs as a starting point to serve this matter.

Main Objects

  • To systematically review and report findings from scientific publications on health-related costs in Vietnam
  • To develop the first health cost database for Viet Nam and have a visualised version of this database online

Research teams

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Hoàng Văn Minh 1
(Prof. MD, PhD)

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Vũ Nữ Anh 2
(BPharm, MPH)

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Hoàng Thảo Anh 1
(B.Sc)

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Vũ Quỳnh Mai 1
(M.Sc)

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Nguyễn Minh Văn 1
(M.Sc)

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Phan Văn Cần 1
(M.Sc)

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Trần Tuấn Anh 1
(M.Sc)

  1. Center for Population Health Sciences, Hanoi University of Public Health
  2. Health Insurance Department, Ministry of Health

Acknowledgement

The health cost database project was financial supported by the Asian Development Bank. The authors are grateful to the Health Insurance Department at the Ministry of Health for their technical support in developing the first health cost database of Vietnam. We would also like to give special thanks to Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Ho Chi Minh City, University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, and Hong Ngoc Hospital for sharing their published findings and data sets.

Conflict of interest

All co-authors have declared no conflict of interest, and have agreed with the contents of the cost database.