|Social insurance workers in the northern province of Thai Nguyen's Dai Tu District help an ethnic minority woman buy insurance. Viet Nam Social Insurance will apply several measures to simplify health insurance procedures to motivate more people to join. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Social Insurance will implement several measures to simplify health insurance procedures to motivate more people to buy insurance.
The measures are being taken after the number of people buying health insurance in the first three months this year fell by 1.4 million, compared with the end of last year.
The measures are aimed at curbing the fall and to help a targeted 75 per cent of the population buy health insurance this year.
Under the plan, the Viet Nam Social Insurance will co-ordinate with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to spread awareness about the benefits of health insurance.
The measures being taken in provinces and cities, where only 60 per cent of the population have bought health insurance, will be checked.
The procedures involved in collecting health insurance will be simplified and made easier to implement.
Health insurance will be allowed to be collected twice a year now, instead of just once a year earlier.
Experts from MoH said one reason for the fall in the number of people buying health insurance was that poverty decreased in some communes, and so they did receive support from the State budget to buy health insurance.
Some enterprises also reduced their staff at the beginning of this year due to the economic crisis.
In addition, some residents did not understand the regulations related to health insurance, affecting the number of health insurances being bought by households.
Getting lists of households buying health insurance was also difficult because communes and wards people's committees did not pay enough attention to this work and did not think that it was their duty.
Provinces and cities also did not have detailed guidance about inspections in enterprises. Thus, some of the enterprises either owe or have evaded payment for their workers' health insurance. — VNS