Few family members buy health insurance: report

Head of the culture and social affairs board of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council Thi Thi Tuyet Nhung said at a meeting that there are only a few members of families in the city who buy health insurance because of bureaucracy.

At a meeting between the city People’s Council’s cultural and social affairs board and the city Insurance Company, the district 7 insurance company on April 13, the city Insurance Company reported that by March 31, 2016, some 1,138,377 city residents purchased health insurance in the form of families, 11.24 percent higher than same period last year. District 7 is the most city’s populated district yet just 24,572 people in the district bought medical insurance accounting for 10 percent compared to the district’s total population.

Ms. Tuyet Nhung said due to complicated formality, a few people bought medical insurance; moreover, the regulation that family members must buy medical insurance as if they meet a financial stress at that time is very hard to implement. 

Deputy Head of the city Insurance Company Luu Thi Thanh Huyen disagreed with Ms. Tuyet Nhung, she said that formality of medical insurance in family groups has been adjusted to facilitate the process of buying insurance. 

Additionally, there is policy for exemption for the second, third members in a family when buying health insurance in family group. However, Ms. Huyen affirmed that there have been hiccups along the way because insurance agent staffs in localities do not fully understand the regulation hence the regulation becomes complicated. Worse, they made mistakes in collecting money from residents.

By Tuong Lam – Translated by Anh Quan

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