However, the subscription-only service, which starts from VND575,000 per person per year, currently only covers Districts 1, 2, 3, Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan in Ho Chi Minh City. There are plans to expand coverage city-wide in early 2017.
“Vietnam has never had a system like this before,” says Dr Rafi Kot, founder of Family Medical Practice and the driving force behind the *9999 programme.
The system is founded on state-of-the-art technology from leading international supplier Priority Dispatch, which has its technology deployed in 1,600 emergency centres in over 52 countries worldwide.
“In the past, when people [have had] an emergency, they have simply waved down a taxi to take them to hospital,” explains Dr Rafi. “Now, life-saving support is just five keystrokes away. Press star and then 9,9,9 and 9.”
For more information or to subscribe, click on star9999.vn