Doctors from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum examine an insured patient. Statistics of the Social Insurance Agency show that over 9 million more joined the ranks of the insured in 2010. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Tam HCM CITY — More than 9 million people bought compulsory social and health insurance in 2010, an increase of 4.9 per cent over 2009, according to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Agency. The number of people with voluntary social and health insurance in 2010 rose by 17.7 per cent against 2009. The higher number of payers increased the agency's total revenue by 48.7 per cent. Social insurance agencies in provinces and cities nationwide worked expeditiously last year, Do Van Sinh, the agency's deputy head said at the workshop held last week. For example, they adjusted social insurance subsidies in a timely fashion for nearly 2.4 million people after the State increased the monthly minimum salary to VND730,000 (US$37.4) in May. Agencies paid monthly social … [Read more...] about Social insurance enrollments surge
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Babies receive free medical check ups the at the Healthcare Centre in Dinh Hoa District in northern Thai Nguyen Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngo Lich HA NOI — Viet Nam expects to raise the number of social insurance beneficiaries on a compulsory basis to more than 15 million by 2020. This new plan is expected to double the current number of beneficiaries, according to the draft national social protection strategy for the 2011-20 period. The draft "aims to protect any person in Viet Nam from being impoverished," said Dam Huu Dac, deputy minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. The plan is also designed to increase the number of voluntary social insurance buyers to 4.6 million. In Viet Nam, people that have compulsory social insurance are paid employees, but the country also encourages other unpaid labourers, including farmers, to buy insurance for themselves. Dac, who heads the strategy's drafting committee, said that Viet Nam needed to establish a social protection … [Read more...] about Social insurance beneficiaries to double
THANH HOA — Most enterprises in the central province of Thanh Hoa have failed to pay various types of insurance for their workers, according to the provincial Social Insurance Agency. As many as 79 per cent of the province's enterprises had failed to make insurance payments for workers since the beginning of the year, said Do Hoa, manager of the collection division at Thanh Hoa Social Insurance. Hoa said both small and large companies had been neglecting workers insurance payments, with big businesses such as Thanh Hoa Shipping Industry Company owing nearly VND2 billion (US$105,260) in workers insurance payments. Other insurance laggards included the Viglacera Bim Son Joint-stock Company, which owes VND1.5 billion ($78,940), and the K2 Joint-stock Company, owing VND2.5 billion ($131,570), Hoa said. Workers at enterprises that do not pay social insurance risk being not able to get sick pay, maternity and paternity leave or compensation after suffering workplace … [Read more...] about Firms ignore social insurance obligations
On September 26 2005, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) organised a dialogue between representatives from enterprises in some northern province and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Vietnam Labour Confederation (VGCL). This was to help enterprises to talk about their urgent issues and suggestions with officials from MOLISA and VGCL. The activity was also part of preparations for the annual meeting between the Prime Minister and enterprises in 2005. Labour relations has become an issue which has begun to attract more attention from enterprises. It has also been increasingly disputed. Over the past number of years, VCCI has promoted its co-operation with relevant agencies to discuss the issues with enterprises. Vu Tien Loc, president of VCCI, affirmed that the quality of the labour force would determine enterprises' competitiveness and that labour relations was a decisive factor in the quality of the labour force. Nguyen Hoa Binh, … [Read more...] about Compulsory Social Insurance for Labourers?
He pointed out that social insurance coverage in the country stood at just 29 per cent of the population, far below the target of 50 per cent by 2020 set by the Party Central Committee’s Resolution 21-NQ/TW.Therefore, the VSS must step up efforts to increase the number of participants, he said.The social security agency should also collaborate with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security to ensure transparent bidding for medicines covered by health insurance schemes as well as other medical commodities, Huệ said.He praised the sector’s achievements in 2017, noting that the collection, estimated at VNĐ290 trillion (US$12.8 billion), was the highest since 2007, when the Law on Social Insurance took effect.The VSS has also had a fruitful year in its efforts to reform administrative procedures, apply information technology in management and effectively implement online public services, he said.VSS Deputy Director Phạm … [Read more...] about Expand social insurance coverage, Deputy PM urges