Official Dispatch 3100/BYT-BH payment of medical care costs related to COVID-19
translation of the Official Gazette of the Vietnam News Agency
THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Hanoi, April 20, 2021
- The Vietnam Social Security;
Pursuant to the Law on Health Insurance and its guiding documents;
Pursuant to Point a, Clause 7, Article 1 of the Government’s Resolution No. 16/NQ-CP dated February 08, 2021 prescribing the expenses for quarantine, medical examination and treatment and some specific regulations in COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control;
The Ministry of Health provides the temporary guidance on the payment of health insurance-covered medical care costs for health insurance card holders during the concentrated quarantine period and for a number of other cases during the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:
1. Payment of medical care costs for health insurance card holders who are in the period of concentrated quarantine and have to seek medical care services at health insurance-covered medical care providers:
1.1. The state budget shall cover the medical care costs incurred by COVID-19, including: costs for medical examination, patient bed, technical services, drugs, blood, intravenous fluids, etc. according to the Ministry of Health’s guidance;
1.2. The health insurance fund shall cover the medical care costs for other diseases within the same scope of benefits and with the same levels of health insurance benefits as the cases of seeking medical care services at the right treatment line, except the costs specified at Point 1.1 of this Clause;
1.3. Health insurance card holders shall pay their own costs and the ones outside the scope of health insurance benefits (if any) in accordance with the law on health insurance.
2. In case a health insurance-covered medical care provider has to organize the concentrated quarantine under a decision of a competent authority or is assigned by a competent authority the task of medical service provision for persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, the Department of Health shall coordinate with the Social Security of the province or centrally run city in:
2.1. Guiding the applicant for health insurance-covered primary care services at such medical care provider to receive primary care services at another health insurance-covered medical care provider in the province or city;
2.2. Guiding the medical care provider to transfer medical service line in conformity with the pandemic situation.