“Health is gold”: institutional structures and the realities of health access in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Vietnam has dealt historically with health as a valuable asset, a resource that was distributed in an
equal manner to all citizens through the development of a wide and inclusive grassroots health
network during the 1970s. Since then, the health system has developed -in parallel to the country's
economy and shifts in policy- from a free-for-all service of a rather low quality, to a system that is
now better regulated and has overall better quality, but is conditioned to user fees.