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Vietnam: Social insurance agency and Health Ministry share household database

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Jul 2017

Vietnam Life & Health

Vietnam Social Insurance (VSI) has agreed to share with the Ministry of Health (MoH) its database of more than 24 million households.
   The move is aimed at improving the country’s health insurance management as well as boosting the national healthcare system, reported Vietnam News.
   Mr Ph?m Long Sn, deputy director general of VSI, said that the VSI has built the database over the past two years and it is nearly complete. The VSI will also update the database regularly to ensure it is reliable, helping to implement social welfare polices more effectively.
   The database will also act as a foundation for the VSI to provide a personal code for each citizen in the future, he added. Each citizen needs the code through his/her whole life when dealing with all social insurance issues, particularly health insurance, he said.
   The MoH will add to the database each citizen’s health dossier which can be used nationwide.
   With the dossiers, the health sector and the insurance agency can monitor the health of each book holder throughout his/her life. The dossier will have personal information about the book holder, including medical history, weight, height, sex, and blood group.
   This also helps ensure that each citizen will enjoy the best access to healthcare services at the grassroots level. A 
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