Poor residents in Highlands region given free health insurance cards

As a part of healthcare program for residents in the Highlands provinces, the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Social Insurance Agency and Vietnam Women Central Union January 26 granted more than 10,000 health insurance cards to families whose economic condition is nearly poverty line.

Of which, 3,521; 3,521 and 3,542 free cards were given to residents in Dak Lak, Kon Tum and Dak Nong provinces respectively. All cards are worth nearly VND 2 billion (US$93,786) taken from the fund to support women health condition in the country.

At the meeting to give free insurance cards, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that the donation aimed  to take care of health condition of disadvantaged households whose economic condition is nearly poverty line to escape poverty due to illness.

Ms. Tien said that by 2014, the country has had around 64. 12 million insurance participants, an increase of 2.36 million or a surge of 3.82 percent compared to 2013. Almost poor people, ethnic minority people in disadvantaged districts , children below 6 year old and those in serving the cause of the nation’s revolution were granted free health insurance cards.

By Tan Hien – Translated by Anh Quan

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