|The State Budget will also cover all health insurance fees for near-poor households in the country's 61 poorest districts according to Resolution 30a/2008/NQ-CP issued on December 27, 2008.— VNS File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Some people in households described as "near-poor" will have their health-insurance fees paid out by the State Budget. This follows a decision recently issued by the Government.
According to Decision No705/QD-TTg issued last week, full support will be provided to those who have narrowly escaped from poverty line in recent years.
The State Budget will also cover all health insurance fees for near-poor households in the country's 61 poorest districts according to Resolution 30a/2008/NQ-CP issued on December 27, 2008.
Bui Thi Dat from a near-poor household in Tam Cuong Commune, Tam Nong District, northern Phu Tho Province said that she had never thought of buying health insurance because she hadn't had enough money.
Dat still faces many difficulties despite escaping from the poverty list three years ago.
According to a Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs survey on poor households in 2011, the country had more than 1.53 million near-poor households.
The health insurance rate of the near-poor group was 35 per cent of the country's total 6 million people of near-poor status.
The Ministry of Health's insurance department deputy director Le Van Kham told Viet Nam News yesterday that about 700,000 near-poor people would benefit from the decision.
Remaining near-poor households will still receive 70 per cent of health insurance fees from the State Budget. This means they still have to pay 30 per cent of health insurance of VND170,000 (US$8) a year. — VNS