HCM City’s health insurance balance records surplus
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HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s health
insurance fund recorded a surplus of 680 billion VND (over 30 million USD) in
its balance last year.
Cao Van Sang, Director of the municipal Social Insurance
Agency, said more than 6.4 million local people bought health insurance in
2016, accounting for 78 percent of the city’s population. The figure is one
percent higher than the city’s target but lower than the country’s average
The agency will transfer 20 percent of the sum to the HCM City
People’s Committee to buy health insurance for the poor and provide equipment
for health establishments at district and commune-levels across the city.
Nguyen Thi Thu, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s
Committee, said the rise in the number of people buying social and health
insurances last year was attributed to the concerted efforts of the city’s
insurance sector and local administrations.
However, she noted, the local administrations, especially the
Vietnam Fatherland Front’s chapters at all levels, should make greater
endeavours to fulfill the target of increasing health
insurance coverage to 80.7 percent of the city’s population in 2017 and 90
percent in 2020.-VNA