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City inspects health insurance coverage at grassroots health clinics

Update: July, 17/2015 - 17:58

HCM CITY— A delegation from the HCM City's Committee for Cultural and Social Affairs on Thursday (July 16) inspected the HCM City Pediatrics Hospital No.2 and Binh Thanh District's hospital and clinic to ensure that health insurance policies were being carried out properly.

Speaking at a meeting with the delegation, Le Thi Thanh Ha, head of Ward 24's clinic in Binh Thanh District, said the clinic had received registrations for health check-ups of 31 health insurance holders.

"It is not a high number as there are 4,000 households with nearly 25,200 people residing in the ward," Ha said.

A lack of doctors, a limited category of drugs and the public's distrust of grass-roots healthcare were the chief causes, she said.

The clinic is capable of treating common illnesses such as headache, coughs and sore throats, and people with more severe illnesses are transferred to hospitals.

Nguyen Duy Thai, deputy director of Binh Thanh District's Preventive Medicine Centre, said that many ward-level clinics operated without doctors.

Most health professionals at clinics are para-professionals who are busy with meetings and training, Thai said.

However, Binh Thanh District's Hospital is overloaded with insured patients.

More than 278,500 health insurance holders registered for examination and treatment services at the hospital in the first quarter of the year.

At Padeatrics Hospital No.2, the number of patients with health insurance has risen over the last two years.

According to a hospital report, more than 100,500 insured out-patients and 64,300 insured in-patients registered for treatment at the hospital in 2013.

Last year, the hospital received nearly 105,400 insured out-patients and 74,200 insured in-patients.

Huynh Cong Hung, standing member of the HCM City People's Council, said that ward-level clinics needed to be improved to attract health insurance participants.

Hung proposed to the city's Social Insurance Agency to provide training for officials responsible for selling and giving consultations on health insurance at ward-level people's committees. — VNS

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