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Provision of health insurance to all HIV-infected people may face challenges
By Trung Chanh
Wednesday,  Jun 13, 2018,20:18 (GMT+7)

Provision of health insurance to all HIV-infected people may face challenges

By Trung Chanh

Duong Thuy Anh from the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control addresses the event held on June 13 in Can Tho City - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

HCMC –The Ministry of Health has set a target of ensuring all HIV patients nationwide possess health insurance cards by 2020. However, the goal may be difficult to achieve as 10% of surveyed HIV people did not have personal identification documents.

The ministry announced the target at a conference that included discussions on ensuring a stable budget for the purchase of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), held on June 13 in Can Tho City. More than 83% of HIV-infected people in Vietnam obtained health insurance in the first quarter of this year.

Addressing the meeting, Duong Thuy Anh, who works at the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control, under the ministry, said that after the government issued a decision supporting HIV-infected people taking ARVs by subsidizing the health insurance fund, 83.4% of HIV patients had obtained health insurance cards by the end of March this year, rising more than 30% compared to sign-up figures in October 2016. However, the growth shows instability as it edged up 84% in September last year, then dropped to 82% by end-2017 before reaching 83.4% last March.

Among those who own these cards, some 72% were subsidized by 80% of the fee to purchase ARVs, 24% were fully funded, and 4% were backed 95%. The ministry is adjusting several regulations that will allow HIV patients to buy health insurance cards without requiring all their family members to buy them at the same time.

Anh suggested that the relevant agencies should take urgent and appropriate measures to work with localities so that all HIV-positive people can access health insurance services, particularly those who have yet to obtain personal identification documents.

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