Vietnamese patients holding health insurance will pay VND30,000 (US$1.57) for a checkup (ten times the current charge) if the health ministry's latest proposal gets approved.
The draft, which is waiting for public feedback, also proposes to increase hospital bed fees from VND12,000 ($0.63) per day to VND100,000 ($5.24).
According to the Ministry of Health, even if the measure passes, the cost of healthcare with insurance will remain far lower than many other services that don't offer health insurance.
The draft would represent the first hospital fee hike in 15 years
Although the move will make health insurance fees go up as well, it will not effect those who receive state support in buying health insurance (i.e. the poor, young children), the ministry said.