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190 Bangkok clinics and hospitals accused of corruption

Caitlin Ashworth

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190 clinics and hospitals in Bangkok are accused of falsely billing the National Health Security Office, or NHSO, for medical treatment that never happened.

Back in July, NHSO filed a complaint against 18 clinics in Bangkok for 72 million baht in fraudulent claims under the government’s “Gold Card” universal healthcare scheme.

The NHSO found that clinics and hospitals falsely billed the office for metabolism disease screenings for around 80,000 people. The screenings are covered by the office.

Following the investigation, the NHSO terminated its contracts with the 190 clinics and hospitals accused of corruption. The move affects 1.7 million universal healthcare card holders in Bangkok.

The NHSO says the office will find at least 500 other clinics to offer the services for care holders and upgrade its service at the same time, allowing patients covered by the Gold Card to go to any of the affiliated clinics in Bangkok, not just the clinic they initially registered with.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Was that all of them that billed under the Gold Card scheme?
    Are there any honest Thai medical facilities that were not found to be scamming?
    If they were defrauding the government, what did they do to defraud the patients?
    Unneeded operations. Unneeded X Rays? Unneeded medication. Fake medication, such as chalk pills?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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