Vietnam Social Insurance (VSI) has targeted full health insurance coverage for the entire population and social insurance for all workers by 2014.

The plan was revealed at a working session between Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and the VSI on May 23 on social insurance policy results during the 2009-10 period and tasks until 2015.

The number of social insurance participants increased by 7.13 percent over 2009 to 9.47 million last year, reported VSI Director General Le Bach Hong.

Social insurance collection reached more than 54 trillion VND (2.7 billion USD) in 2010, up 34 percent from previous year.

The VSI applied measures to reduce social insurance debt and instructed social insurance companies in localities to regularly report implementation results of social and health insurance policies, Hong said.

The number of health insurance participants increased rapidly, particularly among State-support groups such as the poor, veterans and social-sponsor beneficiaries, he added.

Deputy PM Hung instructed the VSI to take active measures to increase the number of both social and health insurance participants in both voluntary and compulsory types of insurance.

He also asked the VSI to continue improving administrative reform and management methods to create favourable conditions for people and businesses, particularly in payments for retirement pensions, social insurance allowances and health check-up and treatment fees.

Hung noted that the VSI should strengthen management over the social insurance fund to ensure that incomes and expenses are balanced and take more drastic measures to deal with tardy payments and debt, such as revoking business licences from enterprises in violation of the rules.

Health insurance payments for poor people have improved but remains low while the cost of medicines has increased, he said.

He asked relevant ministries and agencies to review the implementation of insurance regulations and to propose reasonable and practical amendments when and where necessary./.