Two thirds of Vietnamese have health insurance

At an annual meeting of Vietnam Insurance Company on January 19 in Hanoi, participants discussed how to promote issuance of health insurance cards to residents as per the new insurance law which the National Assembly has approved took effects on January 1, 2015.

Head of the Collection Ward of Vietnam Insurance Company Pham Van Men said that  as of 2014 the country had 64,866,201 health and social insurance card holders.

Total collection from health and social insurance across the country reaches VND198,186 billion (US$9.3 million), exceeding the target by 1.18 percent. However, some enterprises and organizations still owed total sum of VND7,279 billion (US$ 340,657) on health and social insurance.

In 2014, 50 local insurance companies claims to proceed against 5,832 companies for the debt of VND2,445 billion (US$ 114.9 million) but just recovered VND621 billion (US$29.1 million).

Most concerned matter is the form of old cards and new cards while the insurance companies have not changed it yet. However, Chu Minh To, head of the issuance bureau said that as of January 19, 2015, of 65 million insurance card holders across the country, nearly 30 million people have received new cards and 34.994 million cards have expiry date to 2015 which people can continue using.

Nguyen Minh Thao, deputy director of Vietnam Insurance Company, confirmed that there are faults in issuing cards including wrong names, date of birth, location. Of 57,000 insurance cards issued in the highlands province of Dak Lak, nearly 40,000 cards have wrong details which schools provide wrong details and employees of the insurance companies input wrong data of 17,000 other cases.

Vietnam Insurance Company has asked its subdivision in Dak Lak Province of check all information in the issued insurance cards to re-issue. Insurance participants’ interest will be guaranteed while waiting for the new ones. The insurance company will verify the responsibility of each individual who involved in the cases.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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