Vietnam looking to provide health insurance for people with HIV

Government to step in as funds from international donors are scaled back due to country’s economic growth

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

The government of Vietnam is looking at providing free health insurance for its 230,000 citizens living with HIV, using funds from the state budget.
This comes at a time when international donors are reducing financial assistance for anti-HIV/AIDS programs in the country. Below 40% of people with HIV are covered by the national social health insurance program, and the government aims to bring it to 100%.
Treatment services, such as Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) used to be funded by international donations, but donors are now scaling back and plan to end funding by 2018, as Vietnam is now classified as a middle-income country.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, 59.3 million people in the country, or 67% of the population, have health insurance. By 2020, the government aims to raise that figure to 80%, and eventually reach full coverage. Currently, health insurance costs VND621,000 ($27.30) annually for those who are not beneficiaries of free coverage programs.

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