Nurse probed in HCMC health insurance scam

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Police on Wednesday started investigating a nurse in Ho Chi Minh City for alleged involvement in a ring faking health insurance documents and medical prescriptions worth billions of dong.

Nguyen Thi Thu Ba, 54, who works at the Tan Binh Hospital, is suspected of faking documents showing that health insurance policy holders were transferred from her hospital to local Cho Ray Hospital, according to inspectors from the Ministry of Public Security.

Ba allegedly sent the fake documents and health insurance cards borrowed from her acquaintances to ringleader Luu To Lan, a doctor at Cho Ray's Endocrinology Department, for the latter to make up prescriptions and get drugs for sale, they said.

It was estimated Lan earned over VND92 million (US$4,923) from selling the drugs and paid half of it to Ba, police said without giving details about the period of time when Lan and Ba allegedly commit the crime.

They didn't say whether the amount of money was part of VND3.536 billion (US$198,763) that Lan and five of her accomplices had been found making over 1,040 fake prescriptions between January and April when police cracked the case last June.

According to police, VND3.358 billion ($188,757) of the larger amount would be refunded by the health insurance companies.

Lan and Luu Thi Lieu, 26, an employee of Nhat Tien Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, were taken into custody, while others were placed under investigation.

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