Hanoi (VNA) – US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) member companies are always ready and willing to implement projects and provide resources to help Vietnam improve its health insurance policies and medical system, said Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager of USABC.
Michalak made this assertion during a working session with representatives of Vietnam’s social security (VSS) on March 11, during which the two parties discussed the implementation of a memorandum of understanding on the realization of health insurance policies concluded on March 9.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding was a good start for bilateral cooperation, he said, noting his wish that both sides complete the objectives of the projects under the document.
For his part, VSS Deputy Director General Pham Luong Son briefed the guests on Vietnam’s health insurance policies, pointing out that by the end of 2021, more than 91% of Vietnamese people were covered by health insurance. disease.
He suggested USABC to share its international experience and cooperation models in developing the medical system, health insurance policies and drug management.
The two parties discussed the areas mentioned in the Protocol of agreementsuch as health insurance coverage and fund, fees and prices for services, equipment and drugs covered by health insurance, and tenders for the purchase of drugs, among others.
They agreed to send experts for in-depth discussions on the projects under the MoU and to hold workshops on areas of cooperation following the meeting.
Speaking at the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony, USABC President and CEO Ted Osius said the American business community greatly appreciates the efforts and achievements of the government, people and Vietnamese companies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the protection of people’s health, and at the same time. resume production activities to catch up with the global economic recovery.
The MoU will be valid for five years from the date of signature. As part of the agreement, the parties will strengthen cooperation on health insurance, in particular in the development of sustainable universal health insurance coverage; assess the quality of medical equipment and services covered by health insurance; and health insurance payment verification.
They are also looking for potential areas of cooperation such as digital application, social consultation and investment funds./.