Indonesian girl dies 'for want of money'

Officials take action after hospital allegedly fails to treat a girl because her parents could not make advance payment.

    Indonesia's health ministry has urged all hospitals to treat poor patients in an emergency, even if they cannot afford the treatment.

    The government action comes two weeks after a 10-month-old girl died in a hospital, and her parents say she was not treated because they were unable to pay in advance.

    However, the hospital management says that staff continued treating the baby even as they kept asking the parents for money.

    Indonesia has a medical insurance system for poor people, but many people are not registered and the records are outdated. So, it is standard hospital procedure to ask patients to pay upfront.

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from West Java.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.