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Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi’s health insurance fund suffered a deficit of more than 500 billion VND (21.4 million USD) in the first half of this year, said Nguyen Duc Hoa, director of Hanoi Social Insurance.

At a press conference in Hanoi on September 25, Hoa said over 7.9 million health insurance cardholders received medical check-ups and treatment in the first nine months of the year, with the cost amounting to more than 12.2 trillion VND (525.8 million USD).

Hoa attributed the overspending to an upsurge in health care service fees. Some healthcare facilities also ask patients to take unnecessary medical tests.

In addition, treatment costs depend on each centre, making it difficult for the agency to balance the fund.

Hanoi Social Insurance has asked medical centres to review health insurance payments.

The percentage of Hanoi citizens with health care insurance has so far reached 84.9 percent and is expected to increase to 85.3 percent by the end of this year.-VNA