Interview: David Foster – Vietnam Medical Care Experience

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Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam.

Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures.
— Reekay


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  2. i like to hear an expat experience on having some major issues like a heart attack or major surgery instead of having an experience with a couple broken bones or cavities,, Most hospitals in Makati-Manilla are just the same quality as Vietnam although probably more expensive ,, I believe the gentleman was in mindanao area and its just not the same quality there as metro manila..

  3. David Foster, you have opened my eyes to Vietnam. I am from Australia, thank you for the very information expose on Vietnam. Very impressed on the health care costs, all very clean and professional.

  4. Much better system than in USA, greed is what makes it less affordable in USA , wow to get a full body scan and to check organs and everything else and with a low price. That couldn’t be done cheap in USA even with health insurance.

  5. @Reekay’s are you planning on moving back to Vietnam once things open up?

  6. Great. Video , very informative
    Does David. Also have a Channel. I can follow ?
    Thanks again. For all the current prices

  7. Henry, In the news today FYI. “About 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, are being evacuated from the popular Vietnamese beach city of Da Nang after more than a dozen people there were confirmed to have COVID-19, the government said Monday.”

    Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people — mostly local tourists — from the popular resort city of Da Nang after three residents tested positive for coronavirus, the government said.
    Vietnamese authorities are rushing to nip a potential new outbreak in the bud after the Southeast Asian nation recorded its first locally-transmitted case of Covid-19 in 100 days on Saturday.
    The patient, a 57-year-old man, had no international travel history and had been living in Da Nang for the past month, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health. Two other cases were reported the following day.
    After the case was announced, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc demanded that contact tracing be ramped up and large-scale testing conducted across the city, according to a government press release.

  9. Wow- Vietnam Medical System better than the P.I……Hell it sounds better than the USA medical system!

  10. Great interview Henry and glad you both shared some valuable information!

  11. Can you add the option to buy your shirts without the back with the text? I like the front but not the back.

  12. Glad you mentioned dental. I need dental work and as soon as Vietnam opens up I’ll go and have it done. If I still have teeth at that point! Ha!

  13. I’m stuck here in Mandaue City and can’t wait to take my Filipina out of here. I’m sick and tired of the militaristic government lockdown due to the COVID. I pay 600 USD for a mediocre 37sqm place with all the amenities closed off by the management.

  14. Nice info guys. Wow those prices are great, my present health care insurance covers up $50k while I visit other countries and it cost me $14.60 a month in the US and that is a full insurance policy. All you have to do is look hard enough to find this type deals. 50k will go a long way in your respective countries.
    I visit last Cebu City and Clark…looking to go to Asia asap depending on the virus situation.
    From Central FL bye and thank you David and Reekay.

  15. I paid $6 dental cleaning at a state of the art facilities 2 months ago in Vietnam’s central Highlands. I am used to paying $145 in the states. I was so shocked I kept staring at the bill on the way out.

  16. In Thailand private hospital are great and price are affordable unless you need surgery or specialized healthcare. They have tier prices and foreigners pay more and more. Public hospitald are cheaper and not the most modern especially in smaller cities.

  17. Oh yea, health care is so inexpensive in Asia country’s. It seems just crazy for someone living in US. I once went to the ER in Thailand just for the experience, didn’t really have to go. I have some arthritis in my ankle so thought I’d see, first, what their diagnosis would be and then what they would recommend , if anything. When you enter the hospital they asign an attendent to you, a female who stays with you and shows you where to go. They took all my vitals in the lobby not in a private room. All the equipment was very modern, even more so then in the VA in the US.
    The doctor spoke english but the Thai’s do not pronounce alot of words the same way Americans do so I needed to listen very carefully to hear everything he said and even then I could not understand some things even after asking him to repeat.
    Total cost of the ER was $15 plus the meds he gave me which I picked up right at the hospital, the prices were very competitive with pharmacies.
    I also did some blood test which I brought the paper-work from my US doctor and they accepeted that and did the tests. Cost was about $20 per test. In the US that’d be $200 to $300 per test, that was back then, years ago, with some being even more.
    I did the same-thing in the Philippines and the cost per test was roughly the same and they also accepted my US doctor paper-work.
    I had the same test done in Philippines, Thailand and the VA IN US and the results were almost identical on all 3 . Some people did warn me that doing blood test in 3rd world countries may not be accurate but looks like as far as my experience they were.

  18. I wish you could have talked with David about the difference in dating in Vietnam as opposed to the Philippines. Your interview was very informative thank you.

  19. Hi Henry, Interesting interview with David Foster…I considered going to Vietnam for a medical issue and there’s your interview! May I please have contact details from David regarding the hospital? Thanks, Ian

  20. Great video! Agree with the overall comments. Question though as this brings up a a good topic. Given that the healthcare is very affordable… out of pocket. Does it even make sense to get/buy any type of healthcare plan if it may be cheaper to just pay for it out of pocket for anything that happens than paying a monthly fee to a health insurance co (Safety Wing/World Nomads/Alienz). For example a plan such as Safety Wing (Cheapest I found) would have a plan for insurance ($60USD p/mth) in the event of say a major emergency such as falling off a bike and breaking some bones and you have to go to a hospital and take an ambulance which would require a $250 deductible but then they would cover 100%. So the insurance is there for emergencies but if the cost of falling off a bike/ambulance or other major emergency is cheaper out of pocket does it make sense to even get a health insurance plan considering health insurance at least for 40-49 years old with Safety Wing would cost you $720 p/yr + $250 deductible. vs just paying for anything out of pocket that may come up even in a major emergency that would require some sort of major surgery. Thoughts?

  21. $128? for all that? That’s nearly unbelievable. an EKG alone can cost $1000

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