With a view to ensuring a capable social welfare system, the Prime Minister on April 2 issued a directive to call for better enforcement of health and social insurance policies.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in March chaired a meeting on the implementation of the Law on Health Insurance__Photo: VNA
According to Directive No. 05/CT-TTg, the Prime Minister has requested the entire political system to effectively implement tasks and measures provided in Politburo Resolution No. 21/NQ-TW on strengthening the Party's leadership over social and health insurance during 2012-20, and achieve a target of 75 percent of the entire population covered by health insurance by the end of this year.
The Ministry of Finance is required to cooperate with related ministries and agencies in formulating a document detailing the Amended Law on Social Insurance, and submitting it to the Government for approval. It is also requested to fully and promptly allocate funds for paying health insurance costs, and inspect and examine the collection, management and use of social and health insurance funds.
Provincial-level People’s Committees are asked to provide as support 30 percent of health insurance premiums for households living just above the poverty line, mobilize students and well-off households to buy health insurance, and draw up plans to raise the number of insurance-covered people in provinces where social and health insurance coverage remains low (under 20 and 60 percent respectively).
The PM also directs the social insurance sector to further simplify administrative procedures to facilitate citizens in getting insured, modernize the insurance management system to eventually operate an electronic database nationwide, replace social insurance books and health insurance cards with electronic cards, and work out a roadmap for adjusting medical service charge rates by accounting all costs and renewing the financial mechanism and payment modes.-