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Gov’t inspectors scrutinise health insurance fund, bidding for medicine

Update: September, 25/2019 - 08:00
Patients wait to register for examination in Saint Paul Hospital in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc

HÀ NỘI — Government inspectors will review the use of health insurance fund, the procurement of medical equipment and consumables and bidding for supplying medicines in the Ministry of Health, Việt Nam Social Insurance and local health departments.
The move was announced in a decision issued on September 19 by the Government Inspectorate of Việt Nam. The inspection is scheduled to last for 80 days from the date the decision was announced, excluding weekends and holidays.
Speaking at a meeting to announce the decision in Hà Nội on Monday, deputy inspector general Trần Ngọc Liêm said the inspection was part of the Government Inspectorate’s plan for this year, with the three fields to be inspected areas of public concern.
Following the decision, all issues related to the three fields, occurring between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018 would be inspected.
The inspection team consists of 16 members, led by Vũ Đức Tâm, a senior inspector, deputy head of the inspectorate’s Department for sectoral Economic Inspection.
The supervisory team has four members, led by Hoàng Đức Quỳnh, head of the inspectorate’s Department for Post-inspection Supervision, Verification and Settlement.
Liêm said it was a large-scale inspection, scrutinising three complex fields.
The inspection aims to find shortcomings as well as inadequate mechanisms and policies so they can be amended, especially, policies related to patients, he said.
Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Trường Sơn ordered agencies to provide related documents per the requests of the inspection team.
The inspections come with the peak of dengue fever season approaching, so Sơn asked the inspection team not to affect the hospitals’ activities.
According to Việt Nam Social Security, Việt Nam has 83.4 million health insurance cardholders, accounting for 88.1 per cent of its population.
By the end of this year’s first quarter, health insurance cardholders registered more than 41.7 million doctor’s visits, up 1.47 million visits compared to the same period last year.
Việt Nam expects to have 95 per cent of its population join health insurance by 2025. — VNS

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