Vietnam hospital fleeces patients on blood tests

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Health inspectors from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau said Tuesday that a general hospital has been overcharging patients by as much as 50 percent for blood tests since 2010.

They estimated the overcharged fees thus far at VND2.3 billion (US$109,000)

The Voice of Vietnam radio said Cai Nuoc General Hospital was charging VND60,000 ($2.85) for a basic metabolic panel which measures different chemicals in the blood, though provincial authorities had set the fee at VND40,000 for public hospitals.

Dr. Chau Quoc Luong of the hospital, who helped bring the wrongdoing to light, said the hospital has also charged people for complete blood count, a test panel that it is not equipped to carry out yet.

Luong said the diagnostic team had "cheated" patients.

Patients can get their money back by bringing their receipts, hospital authorities have said.

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