The health ministry wants traditional health clinics employing foreign doctors to be inspected following claims that many Chinese clinics were using false advertising to charge excessive fees.
The ministry has asked local health departments to conduct the investigations, Nguyen Hoang Son, deputy head of the Ministry of Health’s Traditional Medicine and Health Department, said on Sunday.
He said the clinics’ and doctors’ licenses and qualifications would be checked alongside the origins of all medicine and prices.
Son said the clinics’ advertising campaigns would also be targeted, adding that any traditional clinic employing foreign doctors or receiving foreign funding would be inspected.
Recent local media reports have indicated that several traditional health clinics employing Chinese doctors have been misleading patients via advertising and charging them exorbitant sums for medicines, treatments and examinations.
Sixty four Chinese doctors are working at 54 health clinics across the country, mainly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, according to the department.
Source: Tuoi Tre