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    Indonesia has a medical insurance system for poor people, but many people are not registered and the records are outdated.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

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Improving eco-efficiency within a capitalist growth-oriented system will not save the environment.