Hanoi targets to raise health insurance coverage

The capital of Hanoi is working to ensure at least 1,000 people in each communal-level administrative unit are covered by health insurance by November 30 this year.

Particularly, the communes which met standards of new-style rural building will have least 1,500 people covered by health insurance each.

Currently, 5.17 million city dwellers have their health insured, equal to 72.8% of the capital’s population.

The figure is still below the 2015 quota of 77.2% assigned by the Prime Minister. The figure of 85% is allocated for 2020.

To reach the goal, the city has taken a number of measures, focusing on raising public awareness, streamlining administrative procedures regarding the issuance of health insurance cards, and improving medical check-ups at health facilities providing services for the insured.

In the first ten months of this year, the city’s health insurance fund paid VND2.13 trillion (US$97 million) for medical treatments and check-ups for about 4 million people.