16:24 | 11/09/2016 Society
(VEN) - At a recent conference on periodical health and social insurance, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Social Insurance Pham Luong Son the health insurance fund is facing an overspending.
Health service expenditures are increasing
Increased health service costs
According to the Vietnam Social Insurance’s statistics, there is VND28.22 trillion in the health care fund. However, total expenses have increased by 40 percent (more than VND8.54 trillion) over the previous year, with costs of inpatient care increasing by 41 percent and costs of multi-line health care increasing by 50 percent.
Reasons for the overspending vary, including the increases in the number of health insured people (up by 12 percent or VND2.94 trillion), health service costs in the March-June period (up by VND3.17 trillion), district-level health service costs (up by VND1.4 trillion) and other health service costs (up by VND1.03 trillion), Pham Luong Son said.
The statistics also showed that 37 provinces across the country overspent their health care funds by more than VND3.4 trillion, compared with 22 provinces last year. Twenty-five provinces that had overspent their health care funds last year continued to overspend in the first half of this year. Some provinces overspent more than VND100 billion including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Ca Mau, Thai Binh, Da Nang, Phu Tho, An Giang, Binh Dinh, Quang Ninh, Hai Duong and Bac Giang. In addition, 35 provinces recorded an increase of 40 percent in health service costs . Particularly, 16 provinces recorded a 50 percent increase including Ca Mau, Bac Giang, Tay Ninh, Ha Tinh, Lao Cai, Lang Son, Binh Thuan, Hung Yen, Kon Tum, Nam Dinh, Bac Ninh, Bac Lieu, Nghe An, Lai Chau and Quang Tri.
Health service costs to be controlled
In the context of continually increased health service costs, the Vietnam Social Insurance will closely monitor health service costs in order to hit the government’s target of VND72.7 trillion worth of health insurance funds for this year, Pham Luong Son said.
For this to happen, the Vietnam Social Insurance will ask its affiliates in provinces and cities nationwide to deliver monthly and quarterly health insurance reports and make comparison with last year.
The agency will also work with provinces on specific measures to control possible increases in health service costs.
Furthermore, the agency will ask its affiliates to review all costs of illegible technical services provided since July 1, 2016. Payment for these services could be refused until the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health make their final decision.
The Vietnam Social Insurance suggested that provincial health care facilities further improve health services