Hanoi: 83% of population covered by health insurance

About 83% of Hanoi’s population has joined the health insurance scheme so far, the city’s Social security Agency announced at a conference to review its performance on November 8.

The coverage exceeded this year’s target of 82.8% set by the government and the municipal authority.

According to the agency, the collection of social insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance over the past three months exceeded VND26.7 trillion (US$1.17 billion), up 21% over the same period last year.

More than 54,000 local employers have been paying towards social insurance and health insurance, a year-on-year increase of 12.5%.

However, compulsory social insurance debt by the end of October remained high, worth more than VND2.96 trillion (US$130.2 million), affecting the rights of nearly 681,200 workers in the city. 

The agency proposed local police provide guidance on how to report enterprises that shirk or owe social insurance dues. It also asked the Hanoi Tax Department to coordinate in social insurance inspection, and the municipal Department of Planning and Investment to provide monthly updates on the status of the enterprises.

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