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HCM City aims to increase health insurance coverage

Update: January, 16/2015 - 09:40
HCM City this year aims to have 76 per cent of its population covered with health insurance, Cao Van Sang, head of the city Social Insurance Agency. — Photo phunuonline

HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City this year aims to have 76 per cent of its population covered with health insurance, Cao Van Sang, head of the city Social Insurance Agency, has said.

At a meeting on social and health insurance held yesterday in the city, Sang said 68.25 per cent of the population was covered in 2014.

More than 5.4 million people bought health insurance, an increase of 8.35 per cent compared to 2013. At least 909,970 people voluntarily bought health insurance.

With the increase in the number of contracts signed between the social insurance agency and local hospitals and clinics, the total number of insured patients treated at local hospitals rose, Sang said.

These health establishments have also improved treatment quality to ensure the trust of insured patients, he added.

The city's health insurance fund paid VND70 billion (US$3.3 million) to insured patients who were treated at hospitals last year, Sang said.

However, despite successes last year, Sang said the agency was short of qualified staff with sufficient medical knowledge who could uncover cases of abuse of insurance funds by doctors and healthcare staff. These staff are in charge of examining patients' health records.

The agency's report showed that nearly 1.9 million employees joined the social-insurance scheme last year, an increase of 75,969 compared to 2013.

The city's total collection of social and health insurance funds last year increased to VND33.5 trillion (US$1.5 billion), a rise of 21.28 per cent compared to 2013.

The agency inspected 3,668 enterprises and organisations that bought health and social insurance.

It sued 1,717 enterprises that failed to pay social insurance for their employees within six months, which is required by law. The agency later recovered VND129.9 billion ($6.2 million).

Sang said that lawsuits were one of several ways that the city could force enterprises to pay social insurance to their employees. — VNS

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