Doctor faces 20 years for insurance fraud

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A jail term of 20 years has been proposed for the mastermind behind an insurance fraud at a major hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Prosecutors of the HCMC Prosecution Agency delivered the proposed sentence to Luu To Lan, a 43-year-old doctor of the Cho Ray Hospital in Friday's trial at HCMC People's Court.

According to the indictment, Lan and 11 doctors, pharmacists and technical officers in other hospitals were found guilty of faking medical prescriptions worth billions of dong.

Lan had connived with the 11 defendants to collect a number of health insurance cards from workers in HCMC and neighboring provinces.

The gang then made fake documents showing that the health insurance cardholders were admitted to the Cho Ray Hospital for examination and treatment.

The group took advantage of the hospital's policy to give drugs to health insurance card holders free of charge.  They made up to 100 prescriptions for fake patients and sold the medicines to outside drug stores.

In the conspiracy, they awarded each cardholder VND300,000-1.4 million.

They themselves earned VND4 billion ($191,000) from selling the medicines, of which Lan, the mastermind, pocketed VND1.1 billion.

The 11 defendants will face jail term between 2 and 10 years.

The judge panel will deliver the final verdict on April 27.

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