19/04/2017 | 16:05:21

Hanoi sees strong surge in health insurance coverage

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Nearly 83 percent of Hanoi’s population joined voluntary health insurance, soaring from 63 percent in 2012, said Nguyen Duc Hoa, Deputy Director of the municipal Social Insurance Agency on April 18.

According to Hoa, the outcome was attributed to many localities’ creative and effective measures. For example, Party members encouraged their relatives to join health and social insurance. Each commune or ward set a target of having at least 1,000 health insurance holders and the figure is more than 1,500 people for a new-style rural commune.

The agency has planned to increase interdisciplinary and specialised inspections in late 2017, as well as publish information regarding health and social insurance on the city’s portal, aiming to protect rights of local workers.

Vietnam has set to have at least 90 percent of its population covered with health insurance by 2020 with some localities assigned to increase their health insurance holders to nearly 100 percent.

Health insurance covered 81.7 percent of Vietnam’s population in 2016, 2.7 percent higher than the target set by the Prime Minister, according to the Vietnam Social Security.-VNA

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