Health insurance covers nearly 87% of population

More than 81.5 million Vietnamese people, or nearly 87% of the population, were covered by health insurance by the end of June, according to the Vietnam Social Security (VSS).

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Twenty-three out of 63 provinces and cities reported the coverage rate of over 90%. All the provinces and cities fulfilled or surpassed the targets assigned by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

In the first half of this year, health insurance cards were used 84.9 million times in health check-ups and treatment, up 9.4% against the same period last year.

The health insurance fund disbursed over VND47.3 trillion (US$2.1 billion), accounting for 52% of estimates assigned by the Government, excluding spending for people managed by the social insurance agencies of the Ministries of Public Security and National Defence.

Sixty out of 63 cities and provinces had their expenses exceeding the funds they were allowed to use in the period, with 13 posting the overspending of more than VND200 billion (US$8.7 million).

In the reviewed period, the total collection of health insurance premiums was estimated at nearly VND38 trillion (US$1.65 billion), while debts were valued at VND3.5 trillion (US$152.4 million).

In 2018, 2.316 medical clinics, excluding communal medical stations, signed contracts on providing check-ups and treatment for health insurance card holders, up 147 establishments compared to that of 2017.


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