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Hanoi to increase healthcare prices for uninsured people

Updated at Sunday, 14 Apr 2019, 18:57
The Hanoitimes - Once the basic salary is risen to VND1,390,000 (around US$60), the medical pricing needs resetting. The pricing is also formed by medical examination, care and treatment costs.
Public healthcare facilities in Hanoi will raise the prices of medical services for people not covered by health insurance since May 1, 2019, the government portal reported.

Currently, public hospitals are applying dual pricing for medical examination and treatments, prices applied for those covered with health insurance and those who are not. The current healthcare prices are calculated on the basis of the basic salary of VND1.15 million (US$49.45). The basic salary is used to calculate salary of state emloyees in dependence of their corresponding coefficients.
 
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Once the basic salary is revised up to VND1.39 million (around US$60), the medical pricing needs resetting. The pricing is also formed by medical examination, care and treatment costs.

In addition, the list of services excluded from health insurance coverage will be added bed-day services, a host of 1937 technical and testing services applicable to different types of diseases. 

From May 1, the people without health insurance must pay for their healthcare services corresponding to the basic salary of VND1.39 million.

Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien said that when people’s salary changes, the adjustment for prices of healthcare services is necessary.

He stressed that the increase in prices of healthcare services is to create equality between insurance-covered people and uninsured people.

Hanoi currently has 86.7% of the population participating in health insurance, only 13.3% of the population is not covered with health insurance and are eligible to participate in voluntary health insurance.

"The price adjustment will affect people's consciousness of health insurance participation, people will see benefits when participating in health insurance, proceeding to universal health insurance,” Hien added.

The changes in health service prices will not affect people who are now offered free insurance, Hien noted.
Tuan Minh
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