Medical Tourism, Treatments and Surgery in Ho Chi Minh City

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

Vietnam is one of the new up-starts in the medical tourism industry, and Ho Chi Minh City is blazing the way with a plethora of health spas, a growing number of hospitals and even a dedicated medical tourism resort. The prices for just about everything are lower than those in neighbouring Thailand and Singapore, helping to open up the industry to a wider range of foreign patients.

Ho Chi Minh City is one of South-East Asia's bustling tigers. It has a modern infrastructure underneath the seemingly chaotic and congested surface of the city's streets. The political scene is stable and the medical profession has a genuine desire to become a leader in the region. Medical tourism guests to this city rarely depart dissatisfied.

Hospitals in the city now number around 100 and offer the standard array of medical procedures with expertise, although they are less known for sophisticated surgical procedures such as hip replacements or heart surgery. Ho Chi Minh City doctors are increasingly trained in the West, raising the level of health care in the country. The cosmetic surgery, eye and dental clinics in Ho Chi Minh City are well established, and Vietnam is also very experienced in Chinese traditional medicine, including acupuncture.

Advantages of Medical Tourism

The cost of medical care in Ho Chi Minh City is its biggest advantage. Prices are up to 70 percent cheaper than in the West, and even more affordable than in the popular medical tourism hub of Bangkok. The city's airport is well connected to international destinations, and a good level of English among hospital staff makes communicating comfortable.

Other amenities like accommodation, travel and dining are extremely affordable. Many patients choose to wrap up their trip with a relaxing holiday at a beach resort along Vietnam's coast, or in an ancient town such as Hue or Hoi An. The cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City is considered among the best in Vietnam, and the locals are known for their friendliness. A year-round tropical climate also makes for pleasant weather most of the time.

Medical Procedures

The hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City can perform a broad range of surgical procedures, offering excellent pre- and post-operative care. The Chinese practice of acupuncture is prevalent in Vietnam. Dental surgery and eye procedures such as Lasik laser correction are very popular, but the most prominent field is cosmetic surgery.


There are around 100 government-run hospitals and medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City. In general, the quality of health care here is good and the services available range from rhinoplasty to heart surgery. The Cho Ray Hospital is one of the best facilities in Indochina. Its Institute of Cardiology, supported by French aid, is the highlight of this 1,400-bed hospital.

The FV Hospital and Hoa Hao Medical Diagnosis Centre (Medic) are also very popular among foreigners for their modern equipment and excellent service. Private rooms are as nice as anywhere else, but a fraction of the cost. The Franco Vietnam Hospital is certified to French standards and services a steady stream of French nationals.