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).