Vietnam launches social security app on smartphones

Amid the flooding situation in the central and Central Highlands regions, the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) and the Ministry of Health are working together to pilot the use of health insurance cards’ image on the “VssID - Digital Social Insurance” in smartphones, aiming to facilitate local people’s medical checkups and treatment.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other delegates press the button to launch the “VssID - Digital Social Insurance” application. Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 16 attended the launch ceremony of the “VssID - Digital Social Insurance” – the mobile application of the Vietnam Social Security (VSS).

The VssID app, which is available on IOS and Android platforms, provides users with various services related to social insurance in a convenient way, as part of the national digital transformation drive.

It can update news related to current health and social insurance policies, social security agencies, suitable hospitals for health insurance card holder, locations to pay fees for social security and health insurance, a 24/7 support hotline.

It can also monitor employers’ obligation of paying social insurance contributions and are provided with round-the-clock support services.

After pressing the button to launch the app, PM Phuc said that the introduction of the app is a huge step forward in the VSS’s administrative reform process and IT application efforts, contributing to implementing the national digital strategy and building e-government.

He held that the number of subscribers of the app will increase quickly as more than 60 percent of the population are using smartphones which are becoming more affordable recently.

Through the app, employees can directly monitor their employers’ payment of social, health and unemployment insurance, thus ensuring their legitimate rights, he said.

The Government leader asked the VSS to continue adding more public services as well as the online payment into the app, while ensuring cyber security and private information safety for users.

According to VSS General Director Nguyen The Manh, amid the flooding situation in the central and Central Highlands regions, the VSS and the Ministry of Health are working together to pilot the use of health insurance cards’ image on VssID in smartphones to replace the paper ones, thus facilitating local people’s medical checkups and treatment.

Until now, the percentage of people taking part in social security has increased by over 1.3 times compared to 2015, accounting for nearly 33 percent of the national workforce. There has been a significant growth of people joining in health insurance from 76.5 percent in 2015 to around 91 percent in 2020.

Since more than 60 percent of the Vietnamese population are now using a smart device, VssID is expected to be widely and quickly popular in the community.

Taking part in the ceremony were 20,000 people from over 700 meeting stations in all provinces and cities in Vietnam.

Mai Nguyen