Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
You will need vaccinations for hepatitis and Japanese encephalitis, but is good to check with your doctor beforehand.
Also note that you should bring an extra supply of any prescription medications you take, as these might be hard to come by in Vietnam.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
You can obtain international medical insurance coverage either prior to or upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City as there are international medical insurers represented in Vietnam.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
There are a few foreign health care providers that have different things to offer. These include International SOS, Family Medical Practice, the Franco/Vietnamese Hospital and more.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
If the scope of care needed is beyond what's offered at Ho Chi Minh City's foreign hospitals, an expatriate can go to Singapore or Thailand.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
International SOS: 3823 6520
Family Medical Practice: 3822 7848
FV Hospital: 5411 3333
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Go to the closest local hospital, or call a foreign doctor at the above-mentioned hospitals, which all have 24/7 emergency numbers to call. It's a good idea to locate this information as soon as you move into your new home -- and before an actual emergency takes place.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
"Pharmacy" in Vietnamese is Nha Thuoc Tay. They are everywhere. The international hospitals have their own pharmacies and it's recommended that you get the medication from them. If you need any special medication, please check with the hospitals before your move as to whether you can get it here or if you have to bring it with you.
Is the water safe to drink?
No. You can, however, have bottled water delivered to your home or purchase it at stores.
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