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Hanoians shun health insurance

Update: March, 08/2013 - 00:00

HA NOI (VNS)— The number of people buying health insurance cards in Ha Noi is still lower than in other localities despite efforts from local agencies to turn the trend around.

Vice chairwoman of the capital's People's Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc said that 70 per cent of the total city population, equivalent to 4.8 million of people, bought health insurance cards in the period between 2009 and 2012.

In comparison, the number of people buying health insurance in northern provinces is 77 per cent, which the figure stands at 90 per cent in northern mountainous provinces.

The Ministry of Health has set a target of getting 80 per cent of the population nation-wide to buy health insurance cards by 2020.

Nguyen Duc Hoa, deputy director of the Ha Noi Social Insurance Agency, said that non-State enterprises were particularly responsible for the low ratio.

The agency failed to identify how many non-State enterprises were operating in the city, he said.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen said that the city should re-check the list of non-State enterprises that have yet to participate or owe their workers' social insurance fees, to find out suitable solutions for the situation.

Chairman of the city People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said that although the city paid attention to publicising the importance of health-insurance to local people in the past, the amount of citizens then buying a card was lower than expected.

The city will focus on reducing hospital overloads and improving the quality of examinations and treatment to attract more people to buy health insurance in the near future, he added. — VNS

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