More than 50 public hospitals in Hanoi and HCM City have begun increasing hospital fees for patients who do not hold health insurance cards from this month.
The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) has shared the database of 24 million households buying health insurance with the Ministry of Health, a move aimed to better health insurance management and health care activities.
The percentage of Vietnamese citizens with health care insurance has risen dramatically, reaching 81.7 percent as of last year thanks to new regulations in the Health Insurance Law, said Minister of Heath Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.
Vietnam plans to issue electronic health security cards to its citizens verifying their right to medical services, the Government Office has said.
Roughly 17 million or more than 18 percent of Vietnam’s population had not entered the health insurance programme by the end of 2016. Most are labourers, poor people and students, the Vietnam Social Insurance (VNSI) has said.
Ho Chi Minh City’s health insurance fund recorded a surplus of VND680 billion (over US$30 million) in its balance last year.
Health insurance covered 81.7% of Vietnam’s population in 2016, 2.7% higher than the target set by the Prime Minister, according to the Vietnam Social Security (VSS).
The Government has targeted over 90 percent of nationwide population covered with health insurance by 2020.
The Ministry of Health on December 22 announced the top ten notable events of the sector in 2016.
The move comes at a time when international donors are cutting back funding for HIV/AIDS treatment services in the country.
The number of new cancer diagnoses in Vietnam is forecast to hit 200,000 in 2020, nearly doubling from 126,000 cases in 2010, with health experts warning that the rise will add to the burden already weighing upon the healthcare system.
It is estimated that about a fifth of the city’s population will benefit from the program.
Public health insurance was discussed at a recent conference held by the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission and the Vietnam Social Insurance Agency (VSIA) in the central city of Da Nang.
The Central Highlands province of Gia Lai is stepping up poverty reduction efforts in the last quarter so as to cut the household poverty rate by 2.6% this year.
The Hanoi Department of Health will expand the health insurance coverage among poor people living with HIV/AIDS by giving them financial support sourced from the city’s health insurance fund, according to head of the department Nguyen Khac Hien.
The health insurance coverage will reach around 79% by the end of this year compared to the set target of 76 percent, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien reported at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs on October 8.
Nearly 440,000 people in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong have been covered by health insurance to date, representing 82% of the province’s population.
The Ho Chi Minh City government has set a goal of lowering the poverty rate to 3.06% by the end of this year as higher living standards require a more comprehensive anti-poverty program.
Public hospital services and products in 16 provinces and cities have become 18% more expensive since the middle of August, as patients pay for health staff’s basic salaries.
VOV.VN - The Vietnam Social Insurance Corporation and the Ministry of Health on June 29 held a conference in Hanoi on the implementation of health insurance between 2016 and 2020.