PM urges measures to facilitate people’s access to health insurance

Saturday, 2017-07-01 05:04:30
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the ceremony. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stressed the need to boost administrative procedure reforms in order to facilitate people’s access to health insurance as well as medical checkups and treatment services.

The PM made the statement at a programme, entitled “Universal health insurance – Joint hands for public health”, held by Vietnam Social Security (VSS) and the Health Ministry (MOH) in Hanoi on June 30, on the occasion of Vietnam’s Health Insurance Day (July 1).

Health is the most valuable asset of all human beings, he affirmed, noting that the Party and State always care about the people’s health and have issued many guidelines and policies, with special focus on health insurance, in an effort to help people address risks and reduce medical treatment costs.

The leader spoke highly of the efforts and significant achievements made by all levels and sectors in executing health insurance policies in recent times, while also pointing out shortcomings during the implementation process, such as the limited perception of the significant role played by health insurance in a number of localities; health insurance evasion and debts; as well as misuse and profiteering of the health insurance fund.

In order to sustainably and effectively develop health insurance towards the goal of 90% of the population covered by health insurance by 2020, PM Phuc asked all-level Party organisations and authorities, ministries, sectors and localities to thoroughly grasp the role and significance of health insurance and consider this an important political task, thereby contributing to implementing social security and ensuring social progress and equality.

He urged for the finalisation of mechanisms and policies on health insurance, especially health insurance participation support policies for labourers in the fields of agro-forestry, fisheries and salt industry; policies on the rights, obligations and responsibilities in participating in health insurance; and mechanisms to effectively manage the health insurance fund and prevent profiteering and abuse acts.

The PM insisted on the building of strict sanctions to request relevant businesses, organisations and individuals to pay health insurance premiums in line with the Law on Health Insurance, whilst urging for strengthened inspection, supervision and handling of enterprises with acts of health insurance evasion and debts, as well as collectives and individuals who abuse or profiteer from the health insurance fund.

Noting that there remain nearly 20 million people in Vietnam yet to be covered by health insurance, including many disadvantaged people, he called on charities, businesses and social organisations to actively support, buy and present health insurance cards to people living in difficult circumstances, which he said, would contribute significantly to building a democratic, equal, prosperous and happy society.

According to VSS General Director Nguyen Thi Minh, more than 76 million people are covered by health insurance in Vietnam, with about 75 million turns of people successful in making claims for medical treatment costs covered by the health insurance fund in the first six months of 2017.