The northern province of Vinh Phuc is providing financial assistance to financially disadvantaged members of the community to access medical care services from October onwards, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

Beneficiaries include members of poor households; ethnic minorities from the disadvantaged communes of Yen Duong, Dao Tru and Bo Ly in Tam Dao district; social welfare recipients; the homeless; people living in the province’s State-sponsored social centres; and patients with terminal diseases from needy families.

Those who have health insurance will receive subsidies ranging from 100,000 VND to 5 million VND for medical check-up and treatment costs each time they visit hospital, for a maximum of three times a year.

Meanwhile, those without health insurance will receive financial assistance worth 30 percent of their medical bills but not exceeding 10 million VND for each period of treatment.

In addition, patients will be given money for meals and fuel, covering their travel costs to hospitals.

The money will be provided by the Fund for Medical Care for the Poor of the province.

The province’s health insurance system spends 69.1 billion VND (nearly 3.26 million USD) on medical check-ups and treatment for around 80,000 disadvantaged and ethnic minority people each year.-VNA