Chinese-owned clinic in Vietnam probed for detaining patient against her will

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A Vietnamese woman on Saturday lodged a complaint against a Chinese-owned medical clinic in Ho Chi Minh City for holding her in a hotel for five days because she could not pay the medical fees they charged her, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.

Nguyen Thi My Hanh, 34, reported to police in Phu Nhuan District's Ward 2 that she had gone on June 10 to the clinic on Phan Dang Luu Street for an examination.

Hanh and Nguyen Thai Bao got married six years ago but are still childless. Hanh recently watched an ad on TV about the Chinese clinic which claimed it can cure infertility and decided to consult them.

She was told by a Chinese doctor her treatment costs would range from VND17 million to 35 million.

Hanh chose the lowest treatment package VND17 million. But the female doctor kept telling her that it would be best for her to choose the highest package.

When Hanh said she could not afford it right away, the doctor told her that she can pay the money after being treated.

Hanh's husband managed to get VND12 million for pay for her.

The doctor then gave Hanh injections, each costing VND2 million, for two days. When Hanh did not pay more, she stopped giving Hanh the injections.

Hanh was kept in the clinic without any treatment and against her will after she insisted on going home to get some money for treatment.

She was then taken to a hotel near the clinic and kept under close watch by clinic employees. She could not find a way to get out of the hotel.

On June 15, her family lodged a complaint with the local police, upon which the clinic released Hanh.

According to police, the clinic's manager, named Hoa, could not produce the clinic's license.

The case is being investigated further.

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