HCM City keen to develop dental tourism

Vietnam News Update: May, 22/2017 – 09:00

A doctor at HCM City’s Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology treats a patient. Photo Sơn Hà

By Sơn Hà

HCM CITY— With a pool of highly-skilled practitioners, state-of-the-art facilities and affordable costs, HCM City is rapidly emerging as a dental care tourism destination.

A full range of dental services is available, including cleaning, teeth whitening, dental implants, bone reconstruction orthodontics, ceramic veneers, crowns and bridges.

Dương Quốc Chí, 58, an overseas Vietnamese from Italy, combines a quick vacation in HCM City with a visit to a dentist.

“Dental care in Việt Nam costs about a third of the price compared to Italy,” he said.

He and his wife come to HCM City on vacation to visit family for three weeks.

“I plan to get some dentistry work done here in HCM City. Besides low cost, dental clinics in the city offer good services and highly qualified doctors.”

A check-up and cleaning will cost around 50 euros (US$56) in Italy compared to around VNĐ200,000-300,000 (US$9-13) at local clinics in HCM City and VNĐ500,000-800,000 at international clinics.

Dentistry costs in Việt Nam are only around 75 per cent of the rates in other Asian countries, according to Nguyễn Đức Minh, deputy chairman of the HCM City Odonto Stomatology Association.

Due to skyrocketing costs of dental care in western countries, more and more overseas Vietnamese and foreign travellers get work on their teeth done while visiting Việt Nam.

The city has a large number of international and private dental clinics with high quality services meeting international standards.

“Local dentists are highly qualified and are involved with ongoing training and education to keep up with the latest techniques in dentistry,” Minh, who is also director of HCM City’s Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology, said.

Despite high-quality cosmetic and dental care and affordable costs, local dentistry has not yet fully explored its huge potential.

Nearly 100,000 foreign tourists travel to Việt Nam each year as dental tourists, providing revenues of nearly US$150 million, according to figures from the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism.

The administration forecasts the number of dental tourists to soar to 250,000 a year in the next five years.

The hospital treats nearly 500 overseas Vietnamese and foreigners every year.

This month the hospital will set up four state-of-the-art surgery rooms that meet international standards of hygiene and infection control

Dental tourism club

Việt Nam is a favourite destination for international tourists due to its culture, breathtaking natural landscapes, world heritage sites, pristine white-sand beaches, exquisite food and friendly and hospitable people.

Tourism experts said dental holiday packages include accommodation, airport transfers, dental consultation and appointments and sightseeing tours.

A foreign tourist can easily combine a quick vacation with work on their teeth with the whole thing costing lower than just dental costs in their country, Nguyễn Minh Thắng, a dentist at Cẩm Tú Dental Clinic in District 1, said.

Dental clinics should have highly-skilled practitioners with proficiency in English, good quality and risk management practices and close co-operation with travel firms, he said.

Dentistry, tourism sector co-operation

Lã Quốc Khánh, deputy director of the city Department of Tourism, said dental tourism is part of medical tourism, a key segment the city has identified for priority.

The dentistry industry should come up with a list of accredited clinics to introduce to tourists through tour operators and travel agents, he said.

Tourism experts said the health department, dental hospitals and clinics, the tourism department and travel firms should work closely to promote dental tourism in promising markets like the US and Australia.

The association plans to establish a dental tourism club with qualified Vietnamese dentists and professional consultancy from leading experts in the neighbourhood.

The association will promote dental tourism in the city and improve the capacity of local dentistry to a level comparable with places like Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.—VNS


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

One thought on “HCM City keen to develop dental tourism

  1. Nha khoa không phải là chuyện chơi để làm tourism, cho du khách ghé vô làm chớp nhoáng rồi đi. Nha sĩ hành nghề kiểu đó sẽ có lúc làm chết người – như là đánh thuốc mê và người ta đi chầu ông bà luôn, mổ lấy răng khôn sâu dưới hàm (cần nha sĩ giải phẩu chuyên môn, ở Mỹ) chạm hệ thần kinh là méo mặt… Chuyện ý tế đừng làm du lịch, Đó là hướng chết người.

    Người ta cũng có thể là du lịch phá thai, chẳng hạn, và sẽ có nhiều người chết vì phá thai cấp kỳ mà không qua thủ tục y khoa cẩn thận.

    Đó là chưa nói đến hiểu biết của nha sĩ (Ở Mỹ nha sĩ bình thường, có 8 năm đại học, bằng tiến sĩ. Nha sĩ giải phẩu (oral surgeon), phải học thêm từ 4 đến 6 năm nữa.

    Số lượt thích

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