|Hà Nội’s health insurance fund suffered a deficit of more than VNĐ500 billion (US$21.4 million) in the first half of this year. — Photo Anninhthudo.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội’s health insurance fund suffered a deficit of more than VNĐ500 billion (US$21.4 million) in the first half of this year, according to Nguyễn Đức Hòa, director of Hà Nội Social Insurance.
At a press conference in Hà Nội on Tuesday, Hòa said over 7.9 million health insurer cardholders received medical check-ups and treatment in the first nine months of the year, with the cost amounting to more than VNĐ12.2 trillion ($525.8 million).
Hòa attributed the overspending to an upsurge in health care service fees. Some healthcare facilities also ask patients to take unnecessary medical tests.
In addition, treatment costs depend on each centre, making it difficult for the agency to balance the fund.
Hà Nội Social Insurance has asked medical centres to review health insurance payments.
The percentage of Hà Nội citizens with health care insurance has so far reached 84.9 per cent and is expected to increase to 85.3 per cent by the end of this year. — VNS