Friday, November 24, 2017

No hike in Vietnam’s health insurance fees

Vietnam’s health ministry does not foresee any movement in the prices of healthcare insurance in 2017.

The ministry said the fees will remain at 4.5% of salaries for those working in the public sector or those that have labour contracts valid for over three months.

Two years after the amended Health Insurance Law was implemented in Vietnam, about 80% of the population already has health insurance cover, the ministry said.

This resulted in 130 million insured patients being treated at public hospitals and other medical facilities.

Officials said the implementation of the new law and other legal documents has exposed the many inadequacies in the past.

By 2010, about 91% of the population w targeted to have health cover, according to Pham Luong Son, deputy director of Vietnam Social Insurance.

The Health Ministry noted that while the health insurance fund is still in good shape, there should be plans to gradually raise health insurance fees after 2018 but only after a careful study.

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