THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom – Happiness

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No. 02/2004/TT-BYT
Ha Noi , January 20th, 2004
 CIRCULAR
GUIDING THE WORK OF HEALTHCARE FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE
Pursuant to Articles 14, 15 and 16 of Ordinance No. 23/2000/PL-UBTVQH of April 28, 2000 on Elderly People, on assigning tasks to the health service;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 30/2002/ND-CP of March 26, 2002 prescribing and guiding the implementation of a number of articles of the Ordinance on Elderly People;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 120/2003/ND-CP of October 20, 2003 amending Article 9 of Decree No. 30/2002/ND-CP of March 26, 2002;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 49/2003/ND-CP of May 15, 2003 prescribing the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Health;
The Ministry of Health hereby guides the work of healthcare for elderly people as follows:
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
1. Elderly people to be given healthcare under this Circular are citizens of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam or elderly overseas Vietnamese and elderly foreigners living and working in Vietnam, who are aged full 60 or older. Old age is often accompanied with poor health and ailments; around 95% of elderly people are infected with various diseases. On average, an elderly person is infected with 2.69 diseases, mainly non-contagious chronic ones; therefore the earnest aspiration of elderly people is to live in good health and be given healthcare as well as medical examination and treatment when they get sick. Being a legitimate demand of elderly people, it requires the concern of various branches and levels as well as the whole society.
2. The elderly people shall be given primary healthcare as well as priority in medical examination and treatment at medical establishments.

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3. The People’s Committees of different levels shall have to ensure the regime of healthcare for the elderly people in their respective localities. The health service shall have to take the professional and technical responsibility in healthcare for the elderly people.
 

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