Vietnam Social Insurance launches IT management, customer service centres

The Central Emulation and Reward Council held a conference in Hanoi on March 15 to review its activities in 2010 and launch new emulation movements in 2011. At the conference, VOV Deputy Director General Dao Duy Hua said last year’s emulation activities have encouraged many civil servants from various agencies to improve their working spirit and fulfill their assigned tasks. For example, social and health insurance funds increased by 53 percent compared to 2009’s figure. VOV’s broadcasting time increased by 101 percent compared to its plan. Addressing the conference, Prof. Dr Vu Van Hien noted that for three consecutive years, VOV has received great support from many other agencies. Participants agreed on the need to improve the quality of emulation and reward in the future. Members of the emulation bloc activities involved in scientific, cultural and social activities include: - The Vietnam Union of Literature and Arts Associations - The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) - The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) - Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences - The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology - The Vietnam Social Insurance - The Vietnam News Agency - The Vietnam Television - Radio the Voice of Vietnam... [read more]

Most of these 400 services will see prices increase by 2-10 times, but for some other services, prices will be raised by up to 20 times, according to the circular. For example, among common services, the fee for a general clinical examination or specialist examination will increase from the current VND3,000 to VND20,000; the charge for stitch removal will be raised from VND3,000-10,000 to VND30,000-45,000, the cost for intraocular pressure measurement will increase from VND2,000-4,000 to VND18,000-44,000, and the expense for vaginal birth delivery will soar from VND50,000-150,000 to VND480,000-525,000. In addition, the charges for regular health check-ups; health check-ups for people to be sent abroad for work; consultations; and dialysis are proposed to be VND50,000-100,000, VND200,000-300,000, VND300,000-500,000, and VND1.3 million respectively. According to the circular, the proposed charge rates are lower than those proposed by the Health Ministry last September. This year will also see a number of new services to be added to the current health service list and require payment from the Health Insurance Fund, including 64/128 slice CT Scanner, CT Scanner of 256 slices or higher, bone marrow biopsy, endoscopy for esophagus foreign body removal with anaesthetization, and abscess surgery with anaesthetization, among others, the circular said. Nguyen Nam Lien, deputy head of the Financial Planning Department under the Health Ministry said the prices of 350 out of the current 3,000 health services have not increased since 1995. In addition, the prices of about 2,650 other services have been maintained since January 2006. All these prices…... [read more]

In an interview granted to a VOV reporter, Minister Chuyen affirmed that due attention would be given to workers without labour contracts. Only about one-third of Vietnamese employees sign labour contracts, therefore ensuring insurance for all workers remains a thorny task. Following is the gist of the interview: Reporter: The ongoing NA session is discussing the Draft Law on Occupational Safety and Hygiene, with a focus on insurance for employees facing workplace accidents. Could you talk about the implementation of the law? Minister Chuyen: There are numerous difficulties in implementing the law when it comes into effect. Law enforcement agencies should cooperate with relevant bodies to boost information dissemination. Vietnam Social Insurance Agency will be in charge of general management. I believe that workers with high risk of workplace accidents will participate in insurance service. Employees will soon have opportunities to enjoy workplace accident insurance service apart from their current voluntary health insurance. Reporter: What is the barrier against employees’ access to workplace accident insurance? Minister Chuyen: Workplace accident insurance is only compulsory for workers having labour contract (around 34%). I hope that more employees will take part in this service when the draft law on occupational safety and hygiene is issued. The core matter is the level of workplace accident insurance fee and the benefit from this service. Reporter: Workplace accident insurance is a new concept in Vietnam although it has become popular in many countries. Do you think that Vietnam can learn experience from foreign countries? Minister Chuyen:…... [read more]

By the end of 2015, as much as 75.4% of the population will have health insurance. The proportion will be gradually increased by one to three percent in the following years. Several northern localities are expected to have especially high coverage rates such as Dien Bien and Hoa Binh (99%); Tuyen Quang and Lao Cai (98.6%); Ha Giang and Thai Nguyen (98.2%); and Son La (98%). The Government leader ordered the municipal and provincial People’s Committees to direct Departments of Health and relevant units to map out plans to realise the set targets in line with the respective local situations. It is essential to promote awareness campaigns and create favourable conditions for local residents, especially those living in poverty, to register for and fully benefit from health insurance, the PM requested. He asked localities to encourage and support students and middle-income families to buy health insurance. The Vietnam Social Insurance was also urged to coordinate with local departments and sectors to disseminate information on the health insurance law. The national health insurance coverage in 2014 reached 71.6%. Vietnam’s health insurance fund has thus far covered medical check-ups expenses for a number of patients from disadvantaged families and ethnic minority groups.... [read more]

Contrary to popular belief that a diagnosis of cancer means a death penalty, experts have asserted otherwise. The cancer burden would be significantly eased by adopting a comprehensive preventative model, made possible with competent agencies’ effective administrative role and improved awareness. Dr. Nguyen Chan Hung, chair of the Cancer Association of Vietnam, warned that diets rich in animal fat and meat, tainted food, dried salty fish or pickled vegetables, or insufficient vegetables and fruits are among the contributory factors of different types of cancer. Those who smoke or drink heavily, and lead a sedentary lifestyle, also stand higher risks of contracting the illness. According to Dr. Tran Thi Anh Tuong, vice head of the Nutrition Department of Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, all cancers start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Cancerous cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancerous cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells. Cancer cells can also invade, or grow into, other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do. Except for some unavoidable factors including genetic elements and old age, other causes are preventable thanks to a healthy lifestyle and adequate knowledge of the disease. Early diagnosis saves lives, cuts costs Dr. Mai Trong Khoa, deputy director of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi and director of the Nuclear Medicine and Oncology Center, told Tuoi Tre(Youth) newspaper earlier this month that approximately 100,000 out of 125,000 new cancer patients in Vietnam die of the illness each year. New cancer…... [read more]

So far, 481,619 senior citizens have been given eye examinations. Of these, 84,105 got free treatment worth VND103.5 billion (US$4.6 million), the committee said, adding that all elders have received full allowances as scheduled. The Vietnam Social Insurance (VSI) was requested to coordinate with the Vietnam Association for the Elderly and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee to build a plan to increase social insurance coverage among older citizens. The trio have also to work together to promote the implementation of the Politburo’s Resolution 21-NQ/TW, enhancing the Party’s leadership in social insurance and health insurance between 2012 and 2020. The VNCA proposed the Government consider providing monthly social allowances for the elderly from poor households and those between 60 and 79, as well as those 75 and older in ethnic minority groups and extremely disadvantaged areas. According to a 2015 list from the World Bank, Vietnam has an aging population. The number of people over 65 in Vietnam is forecast to increase from 6.3 million to 18 million by 2040, accounting for 18% of its population.... [read more]

Questions for Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang will be focused on State management responsibility for electricity, petrol and oil, the use of the petrol and oil price stabilization fund and the implementation of “Vietnamese use Vietnamese goods” program. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien will answer deputies’ questions about solutions to deal with the degradation of medical ethics, operations of the healthcare system at district and commune levels, the overload of centrally-run hospitals, drug prices and food hygiene and safety. During the one-day session, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister of Natural Resource and Environment, the Minister of Planning and Investment, the Minister of Home Affairs and the General Director of the Vietnam Social Insurance will be required to clarify a number of issues related to their sectors. The question time will be broadcast live on the national radio and television systems (VOV and VTV).... [read more]

It will examine corruption prevention and control in a number of centrally-run agencies and organisations, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Social Insurance, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The tasks were unveiled at the committee’s meeting in Hanoi on July 9 to review corruption prevention in the first six months of the year, and set orientations in the second half. In his report, Nguyen Ba Thanh, head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs and deputy head of the committee, noted that combating corruption made progress in the first six months thanks to prompt and close guidance from the steering committee. Relevant agencies, including the People’s Procuracy and People’s Court, worked hard to complete trials of key graft scandals of great public concern, including those relating to bank embezzler Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu, bank swindler Vu Duc Kien, and Vinashin embezzler Duong Chi Dung. Investigation agencies brought to light 102 cases and prosecuted 198 defendants for corruption. As many as 277 people were prosecuted for corruption by grassroots-level people’s procuracies, and 217 defendants stood trial at local people’s courts on corruption charges. Addressing the meeting, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hailed progress in corruption prevention and pointed out weaknesses in legislation, communications, coordination between relevant agencies, and their operations. He said combating corruption remains a complicated, tough task that requires perseverance and determination of every member of…... [read more]

NA deputies pointed to enterprises’ sluggishness in paying social insurance premiums, which cannot be blamed for difficulties in production and business. Data from the Vietnam Social Insurance Agency showed that by August this year, companies across the country owed insurance units more than VND12 trillion (over US$571.4 million), and some 38,900 firms owed for at least three months, affecting more than 600,000 employees. The deputies asked the Government to take prompt measures forcing businesses to pay premiums and severely punishing others that intentionally evade their duty. According to them, socio-economic improvements have helped curb the increase of crimes and the Government should conduct in-depth studies to clarify primary reasons and devise practical measures to substantively deal with the criminal situation. They also called for more attention to the community-based drug rehabilitation which has not been effective enough, noting that Vietnam has recorded 204,000 drug addicts, mostly young people. Regarding the official development assistance (ODA), the lawmakers voiced concern about difficulties in paying back the loaned capital and suggested the Cabinet consider the use of ODA carefully. ODA should be prioritised for poverty reduction and health care programmes, they noted.... [read more]

The Health Ministry has recently released its top ten events of 2016. 1-At 7:20 am on January 22, the first baby born through surrogacy was delivered by Caesarean section at the Hanoi-based Central Maternity Hospital. Surrogacy was official allowed in the Law on Marriage and Family adopted by the National Assembly in 2015. As by now, nearly 200 surrogacy cases have been approved, with 30 surrogate mothers having given birth. Only three hospitals meet the technical requirements for surrogacy. They are the Central Maternity Hospital in Hanoi, Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, and Hue-based Central Hospital. 2-Hospitals nationwide implemented synchronous measures for better patients’ satisfaction about their services. The measures, which included promoting friendly attitude of staff, building clean and green facilities, and improving comprehensive management, have brought about positive changes. 3-Vietnam successfully produced measles-rubella vaccine The Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biology announced on November 8 that domestically-produced measles-rubella vaccine had been clinically tested and proven safe and effective. The vaccine was produced under a joint project with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). It will be available for the national expanded immunization programme as from 2017. 4-The first robotic laparoscopic surgery was successfully performed on an adult On December 10, ten adult patients at the Binh Dan Hospital in HCM City’s District 3 received robotic surgery. The hospital also put into operation a robotic surgery facility, the second of its kind in Vietnam. In 2013, the National Hospital of Paediatrics carried out…... [read more]