The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long targets to have 71 percent of its population covered by health insurance by the end of 2015.

The provincial People’s Committee requested authorized bodies to cooperate with the provincial social insurance units to implement overall measures to solve difficulties with health insurance policies at the grassroots level.

According to Deputy Director of the provincial Social Insurance office Luu Van Tuan, the lack of community awareness campaigns on the revised Law on Health Insurance has hindered local access to health insurance.

By end of June 2015, nearly 700,000 members of its population, or 67 percent, were covered by health insurance.

In the third quarter of 2015, the provincial Social Insurance has organised training classes to communicate the benefits of health insurance and the recent revisions to the law to the public.

The province has covered all health insurance expenses for disadvantaged ethnic households in extremely difficult areas, including the Tan My, Tra Con, Loan My and Dong Thanh communes.

The province has sent doctors to work in medical clinics in communes and local hospitals in accordance with Government Decree No 1816, facilitating access to insured medical care.-VNA