Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


Reaching a Universal Health Insurance in Viet Nam: Challenges and the role of Government

Given the level of economic development in Viet Nam, the country’s health sector is quite impressive. The country has now set its sights establishing universal health insurance coverage by 2015. This article aims to, first, describe the current health-care system in Viet Nam accompanied by a number of challenges the country faces in delivering and financing health-related services, and then provides some policy discussions on how to achieve this ambitious plan. The article also stresses the important role in attaining universal health insurance coverage by providing quality services and guaranteeing financial protection for both health-care suppliers and consumers.


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