The Ministry of Health Vietnam through the development partner for Health Care Support for the Northern Uplands and Central Highlands (HEMA) conducted a study tour in Malaysia from 19 to 24 December 2011. Thirteen senior officers from MOH Vietnam participated in the study tour that was jointly hosted by United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and International Centre for Casemix and Clinical Coding of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (ITCC).
The study tour was in line with the objectives of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health in enhancing efficiency, quality, access and equity in the delivery of healthcare services and contribute in solving global health issues especially in developing countries through capacity building.
The objective of the study tour was to provide an an enhanced understanding of Malaysian healthcare system financing and management in a shared learning environment with the premised that the knowledge to be transfered by the experts from Malaysia will be a major contribution in the enhancement of healthcare system financing and management in Vietnam. The programme was a combination of lectures focused on the healthcare system financing and management of Malaysia and visits to different levels of healthcare institutions.
During the study tour the participants had the chance to explore the current developments and enhancements in Malaysian healthcare system financing and management specifically the implementation of casemix system in UKM Medical Centre. The participants were guided by team of reseachers from UNU-IIGH, MOH Malaysia and ITCC led by Professor Dr. Syed Aljunid, Senior Reserch Fellow of UNU-IIGH. They visited organizations, different levels of health care institutions met Malaysian collegues and experts; and became familiarized with the major management, policy, and health delivery issues facing Malaysia.
The study tour ended with a closing ceremony on 23 December 2011 held in UNU-IIGH presided by Tan Sri Dr. Mohamed Salleh Yasin, Director of UNU-IIGH.