Vietnam offers free treatment to COVID-19 patients
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People who caught COVID-19 would be offered free tests, treatment and medicine, according to the Ministry of Health of Vietnam.
The health ministry is working with the Vietnam Social Insurance to complete medical expenses plans for nCoV patients, said Nguyen Nam Lien, director of the ministry's Planning and Finance Department.
Those who were suspected of carrying the virus and needed quarantine would have to pay their medical fees as per health insurance regulations if their test results were negative, said Lien.
The health insurance fund would pay for check-ups and tests for those who displayed symptoms such as high fever, coughing and shortness of breath, said Le Van Phuc, head of the Policy Department at Vietnam Health Insurance.
“All tests and treatment for COVID-19-positive patients would be covered by the State Budget,” said Phuc.
Previously, the Vietnam Health Insurance had sent official letters to provincial health insurance agencies regarding medical treatment payments for nCoV-positive patients.
In the letter, provincial health insurance agencies were asked to co-operate with local hospitals and clinics to offer quick diagnosis and treatment to insurance cardholders when they were suspected of being infected with the virus.