VSS, Danish Embassy ink deal on health insurance-related cooperation

Wednesday, 2018-08-22 12:04:10
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At the signing ceremony (Source: baohiemxahoi.gov.vn)
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NDO/VNA – The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) and the Danish Embassy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), on August 21, to help the VSS improve its health insurance verification staff’s capacity in 2018 and 2019.

Under the document, the Danish Embassy will organise training courses in Vietnam and fund short-term courses in Denmark for the VSS staff. It will help the VSS to take part in international seminars and expand cooperation in various fields.

Deputy Ambassador of Denmark in Vietnam, Louise Holmsgaard, said that health care is one of the top priorities in the two countries’ development cooperation. She lauded the VSS’s achievements in patient information management and health insurance coverage, adding that health insurance is crucial to promoting primary health care.

The MoU will be an important stride to help improve the capacity of the VSS’s health insurance verification specialists, enhancing the management of the health insurance fund, she noted.

VSS Deputy General Director, Dao Viet Anh, said health insurance covers approximately 84.5 million people or more than 87 percent of Vietnam’s population and this coverage is almost 100 percent among students.

However, there remain challenges such as low insurance premiums and high medical service prices. Therefore, he hoped that the cooperation with the Danish Embassy will help the VSS to learn from other countries’ experience in insurance fund management and insurance verification, addressing difficulties, developing health insurance sustainably and expanding partnerships to other areas.