The Hanoi Department of Health will expand the health insurance coverage among poor people living with HIV/AIDS by giving them financial support sourced from the city’s health insurance fund, according to head of the department Nguyen Khac Hien.
Hien said the department will make a list of beneficiaries who have not been supported by Stated budget and sent to the city’s Social Insurance soon.
Statistics show that Hanoi is currently home to 18,500 people living with HIV/AIDS, including nearly 9,000 AIDS cases. The majority of them have poor living conditions and need help in treatment.
In an effort to help all people living with HIV access health insurance as directed by the Prime Minister, the department has asked localities to strengthen communications to encourage HIV-infected people and their family join health insurance.
It has also tasked supporting funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and control to mobilise resources to purchase health insurance for the needy, while coordinating with the municipal Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control to ensure the supports go to right people.
Hanoi sets to expand health insurance coverage to 80% of local population by 2016 and 90% by 2020.