Oncology Hospital runs out of testing chemicals

Ho Chi Minh CityChemicals for loan machines, machines ordered for anatomical testing at the Oncology Hospital are still enough for about a month, at risk of shutting down because they cannot be purchased immediately.

“This is a very alarming issue, the hospital has reported it to the Department of Health,” said Dr. BS Pham Xuan Dung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, when working with the Ho Chi Minh City National Assembly delegation about the facility. autonomy and drug procurement, the afternoon of October 6.

According to Mr. Dung, most of the hospital’s surgical and testing machines are borrowed and ordered from the winning units for chemical supplies. These are modern testing machines, using “closed” chemicals, which means that chemicals must be used according to the manufacturer’s type of machine. Using chemicals that are not compatible with the system will lead to inaccurate results, affecting diagnosis and treatment for patients. Therefore, the hospital is having difficulty in bidding for the procurement of chemicals for these machines.

“The chemicals of these firms only have one price, it is impossible to ask for three quotations according to regulations to be able to estimate the bid for testing chemicals,” said Dr. Dung.

Procurement of chemicals by machine will also easily be entangled in the form of contractor appointment. Meanwhile, if chemotherapy cannot be purchased, some surgical techniques for cancer must be discontinued. “Cancer without a pathological test is very difficult to diagnose the right disease for appropriate treatment,” the institute’s leader shared, adding that “many other hospitals across the country also said that they are facing similar difficulties.” on one’s own”.

A patient examines a patient at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, campus 2. Photo: Quynh Tran

Oncology Ho Chi Minh City is a first-class specialized hospital under the Department of Health, the last line in the city’s cancer examination and treatment as well as the southern region. This place receives more than 3,700 visits a day, implementing many high-tech techniques in cancer treatment.

Last week, a representative of Cho Ray Hospital, when working with the Ho Chi Minh City National Assembly delegation, also emphasized that “if you cannot use a borrowed machine, you risk closing” and shared similar difficulties in chemical procurement. .

In the past years, most of the testing machines of many hospitals across the country have been borrowed and ordered from cooperative units instead of self-procurement, because of their economic advantages, meeting the diagnostic requirements. cure. These are modern machinery systems, updated, maintained, guaranteed, trained and loaned to the hospital at no charge. Meanwhile, with the state budget investment as well as the limited revenue of hospitals, public health facilities have not recently been able to invest in many modern equipment to perform paraclinical tests. , test. Most medical equipment is public property which is old, degraded, low productivity, outdated in both function and lifespan.

Recently, the social insurance agency has stopped paying health insurance premiums for imaging services performed on borrowed or hospital-based machines provided by companies, and asked the Ministry of Health to guide hospitals to to rent a machine. Meanwhile, more than 90% of machinery and equipment in hospitals are generally borrowed and ordered. Therefore, the discontinuation of payment by health insurance for this type of payment was responded by hospitals as a great influence on the quality of people’s medical examination and treatment.

Le Phuong


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