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Gov’t initiates electronic health insurance cards

Update: February, 07/2017 - 15:00
A health insurance official accesses a health insurance information system. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Government has asked the Việt Nam Social Security (VSS) to conduct research to issue electronic health insurance cards to citizens.

VSS will utilise technologies to connect social security offices in 63 provinces and create centralised social security databases for the country, with a vision to conducting electronic transactions for the declaration, remittance and settlement procedures of social insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance.

VSS will also work on integrating all social insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance information onto one electronic card.

The technologies will also help hospitals and clinics connect with VSS and track health insurance information of patients to provide them with appropriate health insurance coverage.

Some 75 million citizens nationwide joined health insurance by the end of last year, covering 81 per cent of the total population, exceeding the assigned rate of 2.8 per cent and increasing by 4.3 per cent compared with 2015.

The remaining 17 million citizens are those who either have not joined health insurance or paid only a part of the insurance. They include three million labourers working for enterprises, 0.4 million members of economically challenged households and three million students. — VNS

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