|Illustrative image. Patients wait to receive their medicine with healthcare insurance cards. — Photo suckhoedoisong.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — An insurance card holder in HCM City has returned VNĐ9 million (US$396) to the Heath Insurance Fund for misusing health insurance, according to HCM City’s Social Insurance Agency (SIA).
The 47-year-old man who resides in HCM City’s District 8 had visited several hospitals in the city for health examination and treatment.
After checking patients’ data on the health insurance medical information system, the city’s agency found that he had visited hospitals 319 times between the end of June last year and the middle of January this year.
Specifically, on October 13 last year, he was examined at four hospitals in the city, namely HCM City Hospital of Traditional Medicine, District 1 Hospital, District 3 Hospital and Tân Bình District Hospital.
Lưu Thị Thanh Huyền, deputy head of the city Social Insurance Agency said as soon as the incident was detected, the agency made contact with the patient.
After questioning by agency staff, the man agreed to return VNĐ9 million for misusing the insurance fund and committed to not abusing the service again, she said.
Under the Health Insurance Law, violators face fines of VNĐ500,000 to VNĐ40 million ($22-$1,760), and even imprisonment, for misusing health insurance. — VNS