|Patients queue for health check at Viet Duc Hospital in Ha Noi. The Prime Minister has asked the health ministry (MoH) to maintain regular medical services during weekends and holidays. — Photo giadinh.net.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Prime Minister asked the health ministry (MoH) to maintain regular medical services during weekends and holidays in a recent instruction.
In addition, the Viet Nam Social Insurance (VSI) has been asked to make insurance payments on these occasions.
The move aims to support those who have to work shifts and also to ease the work overload in certain hospitals.
The Prime Minister also asked MoH and VSI to achieve the goal of 75 per cent health insurance coverage of the population by the end of 2015 and 80 per cent by the end of 2020.
The focus of the universal health insurance programme is officers, non-commissioned officers, staff sergeants and professional soldiers, as well as students of universities and colleges under the ministries of defence and public security.
Students are required to have health insurance. The government will provide 70 per cent of the health insurance fee for those from near-poverty-line families and 30 per cent for those working in agriculture and forestry, and having average incomes.
By the end of 2014, about 71.6 per cent of the country's population had health insurance, while the National Assembly's target is 75 per cent.
In his instruction, the Prime Minister also asked the MoH to foster and encourage the development and production of local vaccines, so that the country could actively provide sufficient vaccines at affordable rates to meet the domestic demand.
The MoH has also been asked to study policies to foster public medical bodies' independence.— VNS