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Vietnam eager to learn from Korean health insurance system
  • By Song Soo-youn
  • Published 2019.03.19 14:42
  • Updated 2019.03.19 14:42
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The Vietnamese health authorities have shown a keen interest in Korea’s health insurance system during their visit to the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA). The Southeast Asian country is pushing for reform in the public health sector.

Vietnam’s Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien speaks during her visit to the head office of the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service in Wonju, Gangwon Province, Monday. (Credit: HIRA)

Vietnam’s Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and dozens of high-ranking officials visited the HIRA’s head office in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Monday, the health insurance review agency said.

“HIRA is making a significant contribution to Korea’s efficient operation of the health insurance system. It can provide something meaningful for Vietnam’s reform of the public health system,” Nguyen said. “We hope to expand our cooperation with HIRA.”

Vietnam is one of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members that HIRA is providing consultation for the improvement of the public health and medical system.

At the request of the World Bank, HIRA offered training for officials from Vietnam’s health ministry and Vietnam Social Security last year. HIRA is now discussing to expand cooperation.

Ryu Jong-su, head of the international cooperation team at HIRA, said the agency was scheduled to provide training for global health officials in June and an international symposium in October to build a platform for the medical review sector and promote related discussions of the international community.

“HIRA will actively support the Moon Jae-in government’s New Southern Policy to deepen ties with ASEAN countries, by providing an international symposium, training, and customized policy consultations,” he said.

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