Myanmar plans crackdown on Chinese clinics operating without licence

Myanmar plans crackdown on Chinese clinics operating without licence
Eight Chinese clinics have been notified early this year for violating the advertising regulations and for employing Chinese physicians without practicing license.

Chinese clinics have been sprouting up. Their charges are imposed on patients for treatment as well as for consultation on illnesses. Many complaints have been filed by patients who voice dissatisfaction on treatment and expense.

Following checks on these clinics, it has been discovered that some were opened without a proper permit. A number of Chinese nationals running the clinics have not been licensed by Myanmar Medical Council to provide limited medical treatment.

Dr. MyintThein said Apolo clinic in Kyimyindine Township was shut down last year after the checks.

Eight Chinese clinics have been notified early this year for violating the advertising regulations and for employing Chinese physicians without practicing license.

The Ministry of Health published its March 9 announcement in state-run newspapers that it had invoked the license of Shwepidauk hospital in Kamayut Township because of the employment of Chinese physicians without practicing license.

"We have warned Chinese clinics. If we find that they practice without license, then we will question them again. These unlicensed clinics will be closed down like Shwepidauk clinic," said an official.

Township health officers have been instructed to check if there are illegal Chinese clinics in their respective townships.

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