Skeptic News: Herbal medicine clinics lack standards

Several alternative medicine clinics in Vietnam were recently discovered  to be offering substandard services and employing unqualified or unregistered practitioners.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has asked all health departments nation-wide to strengthen inspections and management of health clinics run by foreign nationals, especially traditional medicine clinics. Violations so far uncovered in a number of Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics include:

“Unlicensed practitioners, false advertising, offering treatment beyond the skills of a practitioner, using unregistered medicines, prescriptions not in Vietnamese language and using unqualified interpreters.”

In Ha Noi nine of thirteen clinics were fined for providing  services which were beyond a practitioner’s capacity and qualification, using unregistered foreign practitioners, making false claims in advertising or overcharging and using medicines of unclear origin. The nine clinics were fined a total of VND103.5 million (US$4,930).

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