What Hospital Should I Go to in Saigon?

By: Molly Headley

Our Healthcare Experts in Ho Chi Minh City

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On the left: Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong, Chief Medical Officer of Victoria Healthcare as well as a specialist in gastroenterology and hepatology
In the centre: Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon, Legal Representative and CEO of FV Hospital
On the right: Dr Nicolas Lagüe, Medical Director - General and Tropical Medicine - CMI (Centre Médical International)

Life is sweet in Ho Chi Minh City until something happens like an illness or an emergency that throws us into a panic. What hospital to go to? What doctor should I see? How can I pay for this?

Rather than jumping onto the expat forums to try to find answers to these hard questions, we asked these three experts to weigh in on where to go and what to do when every moment counts.

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Emergencies

Where Do I Go if I Have an Accident (Motorbike or Other)?

FV Hospital; Cho Ray or Vinmec - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

The short answer is that you should go to the hospital that is closest to you in the event of an emergency and let them refer you if need be. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Dengue Fever, Malaria or another Tropical Disease?

For hospitalizations: FVH; Cho Ray; Vinmec; Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University.

For consultations: CMI; FMP (Family Medical Practice); Raffles - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Go to a clinic nearby your home if it is out-patient. However, if you need to be hospitalised Vinmec in District 1 or FV in District 7 have good services. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Surgery?

It depends on the type of surgery but FVH, Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University are good choices - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Medical University; FV; VinMec International Hospital are all good for that. Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

*Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong also noted that in the case of stroke, patients should go to 115 Hospital or any other hospital nearby. Patients must have Embo Thrombosis therapy within four to six hours.

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Chronic Illnesses

Heart Disease?

Heart Institute (D10); Cardiology Hospital Tam Duc (D10); FVH (D10, they have an interventional room for few months); Vinmec hospital - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

For Hypertension you should find a doctor near your home to monitor you regularly. In the case of a heart attack, the University Medical Hospital can do an emergency assist. Victoria Healthcare has a CT scan for heart attacks and can do an emergency assist but does not deal with thombolism. FMP in D1 and D2 do not have ECG machines, so they cannot diagnose a heart attack. If the patient needs to be admitted, they can go to Medical University or Tam Duc Cardiology Hospital because they can do a cardiac catheterization there. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Diabetes?

FVH; Cho Ray; Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Any Clinic of international standards. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Diagnostic Medicine

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MRI?

I recommend Dr Pierre Jaillot at FVH for a closed MRI or Vinmec has two open MRI machines - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

It depends on the case. For example, for pediatrics sedation is necessary to do an MRI. Pediatrics Hospital 1 and 2 are good choices. Vietnam Singapore Clinic on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai has an MRI machine for adult patients in D1. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Internal Medicine?

FVH; FMP; CMI for some cases. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Victoria Healthcare. I am the GI specialist there. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Children and Women’s Health

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Where do I go for Pediatrics?

For Consultations: CMI; FMP/ For Hospitalisations or other: FVH; Cho Ray; VinMec. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

For Consultations: Victoria Healthcare / For Hospitalisations or other: FV; VinMec; City Children’s Hospital - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Gynecology and Maternity?

Gynecology: CMI; FVH; Hanh Phuc Hospital / Pregnancy: Hanh Phuc Hospital; CMI; FVH - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Gynecology: Victoria Healthcare / Maternity: Hanh Phuc; International OB-GY hospital; Từ Dũ Hospital -Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Dental and Dermatology

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Dermatology?

FVH; Stanford Skin Center - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Victoria Healthcare - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Plastic or Reconstructive Surgery?

FVH - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FVH- Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Not much experience but FVH is a good choice. -Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Dental?

Starlight; Maple Healthcare (Australian clinic); FVH- Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FVH- Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

West Coast for dental; Victoria Healthcare also does dental surgery. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Get Good Healthcare in Saigon as a Foreigner

When would you advise a patient to seek care outside of Vietnam?

When we cannot treat the disease in Vietnam. Question is too large. It depends on the disease. In the case of cancer, FV Hospital is a good place to start. But the patient might need an medevac or to go back to their country of origin. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

On rare occasions, we do refer patients to Singapore for certain eye conditions that require complex surgery that we cannot perform at FV. Some very high-risk pregnancies are also referred to Singapore (especially when surgery on the newborn is foreseen). - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

We don’t usually refer the patient outside of Vietnam if it is an emergency. We will admit the patient and make a detailed review then decide if we need to refer the patient elsewhere. Some patients require a very high standard of service. It is not for the quality of treatment but for the service that they request to go overseas. Sometimes I send my patients with early cancer overseas for minimally invasive treatment. Usually,I refer them to Parkgroup in Singapore or National University Medical (NUH) in Singapore. I worked in Singapore before I came to Vietnam, so usually I refer my patients to a specific doctor not to a hospital. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

What advice would you give to foreigners seeking healthcare in Vietnam?

Check on internet forums for advice. Check on consulate websites for recommandations. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

Honestly, if they want quality and serenity they should come to FV - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

First, to make sure they have insurance that covers outpatient. Second, they should choose a clinic that they know and try to find a regular family doctor that can give them advice whenever something happens. It is important to have someone that you can call if you need advice and a referral. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

What hospitals are only open to Vietnamese nationals (not foreigners)?

The new policy is to start opening departments to foreigners. We should see more Vietnamese hospitals such as Cho Ray, Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University, Heart Institute and Hospital Tam Duc, completely opening their doors to foreigners soon. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

I don’t know of any hospital that is restricted to Vietnamese. - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Every district has their own hospital called a District hospital and there they don’t like to take in foreigners because they have limited space and experience. In an emergency, they will stabilise the foreign patient and then refer them to another hospital. These hospitals are required to receive all patients but then they try to refer foreign patients to another hospital. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

What hospitals can foreigners go to that are less expensive than an international hospital?

Cho Ray (but not always); Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

All public hospitals are cheaper than the private ones. Second-tier hospitals like Hoan My or Anh Sinh are cheaper that first-tier hospitals like FV, VinMec or City International. - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Saigon International Ob-Gyn Hospital is actually a local hospital but of very high quality; Van Hanh Hospital is good and is a good choice for foreigners. Some new hospitals have opened such as Hospital Tan Hung, which has quite a big facility in D7. Often the problem with foreigners going to local hospitals is that the doctors can’t speak much English. The facilities are good but it’s easier if you can speak Vietnamese. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Ho Chi Minh City Emergency Numbers

Ho Chi Minh City Emergency Numbers

Police

113

Fire

114

Ambulance

115

The Ultimate Guide to Clinics and Hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City

District 1 and Binh Thanh

International Clinics and Hospitals

Columbia Asia International Clinic - Saigon

8 Alexandre De Rhodes, Ben Nghe, District 1

+84 (28) 3823 8888

7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Columbia Asiana Gia Dinh Clinic

1 No Trang Long, Binh Thanh District

+84 (28) 3803 0678

Open 24 hours

HANH PHUC International Medical Building

97 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 1

Tel: 19006765 or

+84 (28) 3925 9797

Call center: 19006765

Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

HCMC Family Medical Practice

34 Le Duan St., District 1

+84 (28) 3822 7848

Open 24 hours

Stamford Skin Centre

99 Suong Nguyet Anh, District 1

+84 (28) 3925 1990

Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

20-20BIS-22 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Dakao Ward, District 1

+84 (28) 3910 4545

Hotline: 19006576 (after business hours)

Mon-Sat: 7a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 7 a.m. - noon

Vinmec International Hospital

208 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh D.

+84 (28) 3622 1166

Open 24 hours

Westcoast International Dental Clinic

17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong, District 1

+84 (28) 3825 6999

Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat - Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

City Children’s Hospital 2

14 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe, District 1

+84 (28) 3829 5723

Open 24 hours

Ho Chi Minh City Medicine University Hospital

221B Hoang Van Thu, Ward 8, Phu Nhuan D.

+84 (28) 3844 2756

+84 (28) 3846 8938

 

Pediatrics Hospital 2

14 Ly Tu Trong St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

+84 (28) 3829 8385

Open 24 hours

Saigon General Hospital



125 Le Loi, District 1

+84 (28) 3829 2071

+84 (28)3829 1711

7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saigon International Ob-Gyn Hospital

63 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1

+84 (28) 3925 3619

+84 (28)3925 3625

 

District 2

International Clinics and Hospitals

Family Medical Practice (FMP)

95 Thao Dien, District 2

+84 (28) 3744 2000

Mon - Fri : 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat : 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sun : Closed

Starlight Dental Clinic

24 Thao Dien, District 2

+84 (28) 6282 8822

Mon - Sat: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

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Westcoast International Dental Clinic

27 Nguyen Ba Lan, Thao Dien, District 2

+84 (28) 3519 1777

Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat - Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

District 3 and Phu Nhuan

International Clinics and Hospitals

Centre Medical International (CMI)

30 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3

+84 (28) 3827 2367

+84 (28) 3827 2366

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Maple Healthcare (Chiropractic, Dental, Skincare)

107B Truong Dinh,Ward 6, District 3

+84 (28) 3930 0498

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sat: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Phòng Khám Ung Bướu Vietnam Singapore Clinic

97 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Pham Ngu Lao, District 3

+84 (28) 3925 1155

Monday - Saturday

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Raffles Medical Ho Chi Minh

167A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, District 3

+84 (28) 3824 0777

Open 24 hours

Starlight Dental Clinic

2 Bis International Square , Ward 6, District 3

+84 (28) 3822 6222

Mon - Sat: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

135A Nguyen Van Troi Street, Phu Nhuan District

+84 (28) 3910 4545

Hotline: 19006576 (after business hours)

Mon-Sat: 7a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 7 a.m. - noon

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

An Sinh

10 Tran Huy Lieu, W.12, Phu Nhuan D.

+84 (28) 3845 7777

Open 24 hours

Hoan My Saigon Hospital

60-60A Phan Xich Long, W.1, Phu Nhuan D.

+84 (28) 3990 2468

Mon - Sat: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun: 6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Traditional Medicine Hospital

179 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 7, D.3

+84 (28) 3932 6579

Mon - Fri : 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m./ 1p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sun: Closed

District 4 and 5

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

An Binh hospital

146 An Binh St., District 5

+84 (28) 3923 4260

Open 24 hours

Cho Ray

201B Nguyen Chi Thanh, District 5

+84 (28) 3855 4137



Open 24 hours

Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University

215 - 217 Hong Bang, District 5

+84 (28) 3856 6154

Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 4:30pm

Sat: 6:30am - 11:30am

Sun: Closed

Hospital for Tropical diseases

764 Vo Van Kiet, District 5

+84 (28) 3923 5804

+84 (28) 3923 8704

Open 24 hours

Mental hospital of Ho Chi Minh City

766 Vo Van Kiet, District 5

+84 (28) 3923 4675

Mo- Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sun: Closed

Medical University Hospital Campus 2

201 Nguyen Chi Thanh, District 5

+84 (28) 3955 5548

Mon - Fri: 6am - 5pm

Sat: 6am - 12pm

Sun: Closed

Pham Ngoc Thach hospital

120 Hong Bang, District 5



+84 (28) 3855 0207

Open 24 hours

Traditional Medicine Hospital - Branch 2

218K Tran Hung Dao B, District 5

+84 (28) 3950 9891

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sat: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

District 7

International Clinics and Hospitals

Careplus International Clinics (Associate of Singapore Medical Group)

Level 2, Crescent Plaza, 105 Ton Dat Tien street, Phu My Hung, District 7

Free Hotline: 1800 6116

Online Booking: www.careplusvn.com

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Mon - Fri: 8am - 8pm

Sat: 8am - 5pm

Sun: 8am - 12pm (Pediatric services only)

Franco-Vietnamese hospital (FVH)

6 Nguyen Luong Bang St, Tan Phu Ward, District 7

+84 (28) 5411 3333

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

Sat: 8am - 12pm

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

Broadway D Building, 152 Nguyen Luong Bang Street, District 7

+84 (28) 3910 4545

Hotline: 19006576 (after business hours)

Mon-Sat: 7a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 7 a.m. - noon

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

Cardiology Tam Duc Heart Hospital

4 Nguyen Luong Bang, Tan Phu, District 7

+84 (28) 5411 0025

Open 24 hours

Hospital Tan Hung

871 Tran Xuan Soan, Tan Hung, D.7

+84 (28) 3776 0648

Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sun: Closed

District 10 and Other Districts

International Clinics and Hospitals

Careplus International Clinics (Associate of Singapore Medical Group)

107 Tan Hai Street, Ward 13, Tan Binh District ( Next to Etown)

Free Hotline: 1800 6116

Online Booking: www.careplusvn.com

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Mon - Fri: 8am - 8pm

Sat: 8am - 5pm

Sun: 8am - 12pm (Pediatric services only)

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

115 People’s Hospital

527 Su Van Hanh, W.12, District 10

+84 (28) 3865 4249

Open 24 hours

Heart Institute

86/4 Thanh Thai, District 10

+84 (28) 3865 1586

Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 6pm

Pediatrics Hospital 1

341 Su Van Hanh St., Ward 10, District 10

+84 (28) 3927 1119

Mon - Fri: 7am - 7:30pm

Thong Nhat hospital

1 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Ward 7, Tan Binh District

+84 (28) 3864 2141

Open 24 hours

Van Hanh Hospital

781/B1 Alley 781 Le Hong Phong, District 10

+84 (28) 3863 2553

Everyday from 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

City Children’s Hospital

15 Vo Tran Chi, Tan Kien, Binh Chanh District

+84 (28) 2253 6688

Open 24 hours

Hanh Phuc

18 Binh Duong Boulevard, Thuan An District, Binh Duong Province

19006765 or

(84) (0274) 3636068



Open 24 hours

Anh Minh Hospital

15-16 Phan Van Tri, Go Vap district

+84 (28) 39894989

7a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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