The Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Social Insurance Agency on January 26 presented three Central Highlands provinces of Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Kon Tum with donations from philanthropist enterprises and individuals to buy health insurance cards for households living just above the poverty line.

The money, which came to nearly two billion VND (93,680 USD), will be used to take out 10,585 health insurance cards.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the action would help all ‘near-poor’ households in three provinces gain access to health services.

The ministry will continue calling for more donations from philanthropists to expand the programme to the whole country, she said.

More than 90 percent of households living near the poverty line in Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Kon Tum are not covered by health insurance./.