More benefits for health insurance card holders

Truong Thi Mai, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Committee on Social Affairs over the draft amendments ( Photo: SGGP)

The government has just submitted a draft for amendments in the Law on Health Insurance to the National Assembly, to be taken up for discussion this week.

Saigon Giai Phong had a talk with Truong Thi Mai, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Committee on Social Affairs over the draft amendments.

Chairwoman Mai said the aim of the draft amendments is to improve the shortcomings of the Law on Health Insurance.

The new draft amendments pay more heed to benefits for insurance card holders as well as draw more participants.

In addition, the draft amendments will expand payment for some more diseases and ailments. For instance, the Law on Health Insurance of 2009 abrogated benefits of persons who caused a traffic accident. This was not right. Those who cause accidents must be compelled to compensate or even put in prison, but they can still enjoy benefits as health insurance participants.

Mai strongly supported the government’s proposal to abrogate the regulation that poor households, ethnic minority people in disadvantaged districts needed to co-pay of 5 percent of their medical cost.

Moreover, according to the government proposal, people whose families’ economic condition is close to the poverty line and children and parents of families serving in the nation’s defense should enjoy co-payment decrease from 20 percent to 5 percent.

By Phan Thao - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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