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Half of HCMC residents have household health insurance
Hoang Nhung
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Half of HCMC residents have household health insurance

Hoang Nhung

HCMC – The HCMC Social Insurance Agency has issued over 1,600 household health insurance cards so far this year, so around half of the city’s residents are now medically insured thanks to this policy.

Luu Thi Thanh Huyen, deputy director of the HCMC Social Insurance Agency, said about 81% of local residents have taken part in the health insurance program. But this figure is below the nation’s average of 82%.

Among 6.7 million medically insured residents in the city, more than five million receive partial or entire assistance from the State. Meanwhile, those volunteering to join the program make up a fraction, she noted.

It is hard for the municipal government to have 90% of residents gaining access to medical insurance in the coming time.

The HCMC Social Insurance Agency has tried to help workers rent homes so that they can purchase household health insurance. For example, if workers who have temporary residence at industrial parks want to take part, grassroots authorities will just confirm how many people live in these rented houses, and the social insurance agency will then support them.

If workers in the same rented house want to have household health insurance cards, they will have to prove they are family members to enjoy lower insurance fees.

Workers from other parts of the country who come to HCMC for work can still use the card for medical examinations and treatments at hospitals citywide.

However, experts said complicated procedures make it difficult for workers to prove they are from the same rented home or family.

Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of the HCMC Health Department, said more than 25 million patients from other provinces and cities had come to the city for medical examination and treatment services in the year to September, a year-on-year rise of 12%. Of them, 11.2 wanted the insurer to cover their health care expenses, up 15.3% year-on-year.

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