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Medical staff to face prosecution

Update: September, 26/2014 - 09:23
Ha Noi police have decided to prosecute pharmacists, doctors and others involved in a health insurance scam at the Ha Noi's Emergency Aid Centre, locally known as 115.— Photo tienphong

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi police have decided to prosecute pharmacists, doctors and others involved in a health insurance scam at the Ha Noi's Emergency Aid Centre, locally known as 115.

Investigation by the Ha Noi Social Insurance in March this year found that pharmacists at the centre illegally used health insurance codes of up to 49 people to get medicines worth more than VND19.7 million (US$938) for personal use over a period of six months last year.

However, further investigations by the police revealed that the scale of the scam was greater, with codes of more than 100 people used to appropriate medicines worth hundreds of millions of dong.

A pharmacist at the centre has allegedly confessed to misusing her position and stealing medicines for personal use.

The medicines, including some used to treat diabetes, were taken in the name of several health insurance policy holders who'd never visited the centre.

Investigations found seven doctors at the centre were requested by the pharmacist to sign medical invoices without verification.

The pharmacist who admitted her violations returned the money to the centre and was moved to another position while the seven doctors were reprimanded.

The centre has since tightened oversight over issue of medicines to health insurance policy holders.

Under current regulations, those found to abuse position and power to appropriate others' assets can be sentenced to between one year in prison and life imprisonment, depending on the level of the infringement. — VNS

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