Vietnam Social Security striving for a modern, sustainable, and effective healthcare insurance system
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Pham Luong Son, deputy general director of the Vietnam Social Security (VSS), voiced his belief when him and Ann Marie Yastishock, mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Vietnam, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on November 6 on health insurance co-operation for the 2020 to 2024 period.
According to VOV, the agreement will witness USAID provide technical assistance to the Vietnam Social Security in order to help them carry out their sustainable health system development project, with the ultimate aim to accelerate the implementation of the health insurance policy over the coming four years.
The project will therefore support the country’s transition to full financial autonomy for the HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Program.
USAID will provide support for Vietnam Social Security across three main areas, including implementing health insurance policies, planning in terms of financial management, along with controlling and ensuring the rationality of costs for health services through statistical analysis of insurance and funding sources.
This assistance will take place along with building tools to track and monitor health insurance claims whilst renovating payment methods.
The agency will also exchange information, share their experience, and support Vietnam Social Security in applying information technology to health insurance policy implementation.
During the signing ceremony, Yastishock expressed her appreciation for the close partnership with Vietnam Social Insurance, affirming that her organisation will continue working on improving the financial management and governance capacity of Vietnam Social Insurance. The two sides will work together in order to achieve an effective, fair, and responsible management of the health insurance fund.
The signing of this MoU therefore reinforces USAID's commitment to supporting Vietnamese efforts on its journey towards enjoying autonomy with regard to health financing, along with building a sustainable health system. This will ultimately contribute to the nation’s goal of reaching universal health coverage, according to Yastishock.
In response, Son emphasised that the MoU signed between Vietnam Social Security and USAID represents the first document officially signed between the two sides, while highlighting the event can be viewed as an important premise that serves to mark the start of a new phase of co-operation between Vietnam Social Security and USAID, therefore deepening their partnership through a wide range of technical assistance activities in this regard.
Son also expressed his belief that through the sustained efforts of the Vietnam Social Insurance and the effective help of international organisations such as USAID, the agency will rapidly build a modern, sustainable, and effective healthcare insurance system that meets people's satisfaction.
Statistics reveal that 95% of the population will have health insurance coverage by 2025, with over 80% of the population being satisfied, according to the target assigned by the Government, he noted.
The past five years has seen USAID work closely alongside various Vietnamese Government agencies, including the VSS, in order to increase health insurance coverage for HIV treatment and antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. This close collaboration includes updating more than 20 policies that allow for the expansion of health insurance coverage for HIV treatment and ARV drugs. In addition, it also covers 440 independent HIV treatment facilities moving into the public health care system, meaning that these facilities become eligible to pay for HIV services through the health insurance fund.
As a result of these changes, more than 90% of HIV patients nationwide become involved in health insurance and can access HIV treatment services as covered by the health insurance fund. Moving forward, the health insurance fund will set aside a budget in order to purchase ARV drugs for more than two-thirds of all HIV patients across the country.