Jayapura, 8/2 (Jubi) – A student at Cenderawasih University, Reno Magai was surprised when she was asked to pay for medical treatment at State General Hospital ( RSUD) in Abepura on Friday night ( 2/7).
She wondered whatever happened to free medical treatment promised to indigenous Papuans.
“My body was shivering. I thought it might be malaria. So I decided to go to RSUD Abepura. I arrived at RSUD at 4.00 pm. At first registration, the ER staff charged me nine thousand rupiah. After that I was directed to the Lab for a blood test. The result was negative. Furthermore, I got a prescription and a note from a doctor in the ER that I had to pay Rp 90,000 at the cashier,” she told to tabloidjubi.com in Padangbulan, Jayapura, on Friday night (2/7).
She said she argued with hospital staff that she should have free medical treatment under a government program reported in the media. Eventually, Reno was charged 50,000 rupiah.
Soon after she paid, she went back to the doctor to get the drugs. To her surprise, she was sill asked to pay another 5,000 rupiah in an administration fee.
RSUD Abepura director Drg. Aloysius Giay could not be reached for comment. (Jubi / Aprila/Tina)