return icon

Abuse of health service still a challenge: experts

Despite the number of people covered by health insurance rising in Vietnam, the abuse of health services and the health insurance fund is still a challenge for the country.


A doctor uses acupuncture to treat an old woman at Tan Hoi Commune health centre in Hanoi's Dan Phuong district.



Le Van Kham, director of the Department of Health Insurance under the Ministry of Health (MoH), made the statement at a conference on December 12 in Hanoi to review five years of the Social Health Insurance Law and make recommendations for the revised law.

More than 83.5 million people across Vietnam were covered by health insurance by the end of last year, representing 88.5 percent of the population, Kham said.
The number of health insurance holders has exceeded the goal set by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of reaching 80 percent of the population joining social insurance by the end of 2020.

However, he pointed out several common health service abuses, including the prescription of unnecessary high-tech tests and health centres asking patients to pay for medicine covered by health insurance.

Some facilities provide medical technical services to patients not in accordance with professional procedures issued by the Ministry of Health or practitioners did not have necessary certificates.

Some patients were hospitalised when it was not necessary or had their treatment at the hospital prolonged, he said.

Addressing the conference, Nguyen Truong Son, Deputy Minister of Health, said health insurance was an important social policy of the Party and the State, a financial mechanism in the healthcare sector for the sake of equity, efficiency and protection of people’s health.

The quality of health check-ups and treatment with health insurance had improved, he said.

People have access to modern technical service and new and effective types of drugs which helped them overcome sickness and fatal disease.

The health insurance fund has become a basic financial source for the operation of hospitals and health facilities, Son said, adding that the health insurance policy had ensured risk sharing among health insurance participants.

He said that there were still shortcomings with the Social Health Insurance.

He cited unspecific guidance documents and inconsistencies between the law and other legal documents related to health insurance. The low competence of health facilities and their staff was also a problem.

Therefore, he said, it was essential to revise the law.

One of contents of the draft Health Insurance Law amended by the MoH was the establishment of an independent health insurance assessment agency, separate from the current Vietnam Social Security.

The ministry also suggested setting up a National Advisory Council whose operation would be decided by the Government.

According to Kham, the organisation of an independent agency will help ensure the transparency and objectiveness of the assessment while the National Advisory Council will ensure the Social Health Insurance Law is carried out in a consistent manner./.VNA

Despite overall optimism, health remains top concern of VN consumers

Despite overall optimism, health remains top concern of VN consumers

It's understandable that Vietnamese are increasingly concerned about health issues as air and water pollution has become palpable in large cities.

Healthcare sounds clarion call to start digital transformation

Healthcare sounds clarion call to start digital transformation

Vietnamese pharma firms are increasingly investing in technological innovations to shore up sustainable growth, while international health technology groups are racing to seize the gains from these trends.


Over 500 individuals implicated in vehicle registration irregularities

Charges have been filed against 506 suspects for their alleged involvement in irregularities at multiple auto registration and inspection centers in the country, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said at a Government press conference.

Most of Vietnam’s outbound investments flow into Singapore in Q1

Vietnamese investors have injected nearly US$120 million into their projects overseas in the year to date, a sharp drop against the year-ago period, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Millions of mobile phone numbers in Vietnam to be locked soon

After March 31, the owners of nearly two million mobile phone numbers cannot make calls or send text messages as their user data stored by telecom providers does not match the national population database.

Global minimum tax rate to impact FDI firms in Vietnam

At least 1,015 foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises will be affected by the global minimum corporate tax when this policy comes into force early next year.


VN central bank to cut refinance rate in next quarter: UOB

Feature film shot in Vietnam to be released on Netflix

Beautiful scenes of Vietnam and its people can be seen in the first official trailer of the movie "Tourist's Guide to Love".

Vietnamese badminton stars leap up world rankings

Several of the nation’s top badminton players have made significant jumps in the world rankings, according to the latest information given by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Paintings by local contemporary artists exhibited in UK

An exhibition displaying artworks from leading contemporary Vietnamese artists opened on May 29 at D-Contemporary gallery in Mayfair, one of London's premier shopping and entertainment centres.

Da Nang’s boat race attracts locals, tourists

Thousands of people and tourists stood on both sides of the Han River to cheer for teams participating in Da Nang’s boat race 2023, which took place on the morning of March 29.

VN central bank calls for prioritising loans for rice industry

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has instructed credit institutions in the Mekong Delta region to promote lending to rice producers and traders to help them have sufficient capital, especially in the winter-spring harvest in 2023.

Around 60,000 firms close in first quarter

Roughly 60,000 Vietnamese enterprises closed their doors in the first three months of this year, representing an on-year increase of 17.4 percent.

Green offices remain key theme in HCM City commercial real estate

A flight to quality will remain a key theme in the HCM City office market in 2023 as both foreign and domestic companies are setting ambitious net-zero targets to comply with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) regulations.

Vietnam expected to export 7 million tonnes of rice this year: Ministry

Vietnam is expected to ship about 6.5-7 million tonnes of rice abroad this year thanks to the return of markets like Indonesia, Bangladesh, and China, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

Action plan approved to implement foreign investment cooperation strategy

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang has freshly signed a decision to approve an action plan for implementing the 2021-2030 national foreign investment cooperation strategy.

Vietnam runs trade surplus of 4.07 bln USD in Q1

Vietnam ran a trade surplus of 4.07 billion USD in the first quarter this year, with 79.17 billion USD in export revenue and 75.1 billion USD in imports, down 11.9% and 14.7% annually, respectively, reported the General Statistics Office on March 29.