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Poor not getting free health insurance

Update: October, 28/2015 - 09:20
Many people in the central Binh Dinh province's My Chau commune have yet to receive free health insurance despite their locality being eligible for free coverage. — Photo tienphong.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Many people in the central Binh Dinh province's My Chau commune have yet to receive free health insurance despite their locality being eligible for free coverage.

Deputy Chairman of My Chau People's Committee Le Trung Kien said Phu My district's My Chau commune is a mountainous area that was categorised as impoverished in the period of 2014-2015 in accordance with the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's Decision 2405/QD-TTg dated December 10, 2013.

The Decree 62/2009/ND-CP issued by the Government said that poor people and ethnic minorities living in selected mountainous provinces designated as impoverished localities should be given financial support from the State budget to buy health insurance.

However, people living in My Chau commune have yet to be provided with the funds. Tran Minh Chung, a resident in Chau Truc hamlet said his wife suffering from goitre had spent a large amount of money on treatment as she hadn't got health insurance.

Another Chau Truc resident Bui Van Loan, said he had to pay for his children's health insurance from his own pocket. Other members of Loan's family are still waiting for free health insurance.

"Farming is just enough for us to make ends meet and pay for our children's tuition fees, I can not afford health insurance," Loan said.

Head of Chau Truc hamlet Bui Xuan Bo said the residents complained many times about this in local meetings but every time they were told they had to "wait for higher authorities".

"2015 comes to an end soon, it is not sure that My Chau commune will be in the list of poor localities next year. So who will be responsible for the rights of the poor people?," Bo said.

Kien said the People's Committee in September sent a report to Phu My district's Division of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, hoping to resolve the problem but there has been no response.

"About 70 per cent of My Chau people have to pay for health insurance from their own pocket, the rest are still waiting for support," Kien said.

According to the Deputy Head of Phu My district's Division of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, the division had not received any instructions about the support for My Chau commune from higher-levelled authorities so they can not arbitrarily give support to the commune.

"If I receive instructions from higher authorities, I will immediately ask the My Chau's People Committee to make the list of beneficiaries and provide people free health insurance," Nga said.

Vice Director of the Binh Dinh Province's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Phan Dinh Hoa said the commune's People's Committee is responsible for building the list of beneficiaries of health insurance support.

"The provincial department is only responsible for giving instructions to the commune so it is the commune's People's Committee that are to blame for the slow procedure," Hoa said. — VNS

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