A private cancer hospital in the central city of Da Nang will open in October to treat and feed poor patients for free.
Nguyen Thi Van Lan, vice chairman of Da Nang Association for Disadvantaged Women and Children, the hospital's investor, said free treatment and medicine will be available for patients from families listed as poor and holding health insurance cards, as well as meals and accommodation for their caretakers.
The private hospital will run on donations, Lan told news website VnExpress in a Friday report.
Cases other than those related to poor cancer treatment will cost the same as treatment at public hospitals, or less, she said.
But she said hospital staff members would also work with patients' families to understand each's financial situation and provide as much support as possible.
The association will pay for the hospital operation for the first two or three years, and donations from charity organizations nationwide are expected to come in later.
The 500-bed hospital also includes additional accommodation for patients' families and doctors.
Lan said city leaders had been dreaming of the project for years to serve as a cancer treatment facility not only for Da Nang, but for the whole central region, which was hit hard by the American chemical war on Vietnam with the US military's carcinogenic and deadly chemical dioxin.
Da Nang health authorities estimated that around 15,000 are diagnosed with cancer in the central region every year. Thus a new facility specializing in the disease could help solve the overcrowding problem plaguing local hospitals.
"The purpose is to help discover cancer in its early stages to facilitate treatment as well as scientific research," Lan said.
"The hospital will be the destination for poor patients across the region who cannot afford trips and treatment in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City."
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