Hanoi (VNA) – The government has urged provinces and central cities across the country to raise the health insurance coverage rate to 95.15% by 2025.
Concretely, according to Decision 546/QD-TTg which has just been signed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, the health insurance the coverage rate should increase from 92.6% in 2022 to 93.2% in 2023, 94.1% in 2024 and 95.15% in 2025.
The capital Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of An Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Bac Lieu and Bac Giang are to achieve a health insurance coverage rate of over 90% this year, according to the decision.
Vietnam has currently covered 91% of the population with health insurance.
The decision also said that poor and near-poor households will receive free health insurance.
Localities should regularly review worker and business wage information and deal with those who evade paying health and social insurance premiums.
Ministry of Education and Training was tasked with ensuring that all students are covered by health insurance by 2023 and considering the rate of student health insurance coverage as a criterion for evaluating educational institutions.
Vietnam Social Security (VSS) should encourage localities to find solutions to increase health insurance coverage. During this time, the Ministry of Health was asked to lead medical centers to improve their quality of control and treatment, the attitude of medical workers towards the insured, and the processes for paying the costs of patients using health insurance.
The government has asked the provincial and municipal people’s committees to consider solutions to achieve the above goals.
Health insurance was first introduced in Vietnam in 1992. Generally, insurance companies have ties with major hospitals to provide cashless payment to policyholders. If the insurance company has no connection with the hospital, it reimburses the treatment costs incurred by the insured. The government also promotes health insurance by offering an income tax deduction./.