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BPJS Kesehatan (JKN): Boon, blessing or Catch-22?

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 20, 2017   /  11:27 am
BPJS Kesehatan (JKN): Boon, blessing or Catch-22? Primary school students and residents bring recyclable trash to get free healthcare services that could cover BPJS Kesehatan premiums. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), one of the founding fathers of the United States, once said “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Gosh, if only it were that easy! Funny that Franklin did not say anything about women and children, let alone babies and fetuses who are often the most vulnerable when it comes to health. Just look at three recent cases in the Jakarta-Tangerang-Bekasi (Jatabek) area. Four-month-old baby Debora from Kalideres, West Jakarta, tragically died, allegedly because the hospital declined to give her adequate medical treatment as the parents could not afford the required deposit (see “Calls for negligence investigation in baby’s death” The Jakarta Post, Sept. 11) Then there is Reny Wahyudi, 40, a woman from Bekasi, eight months pregnant and experiencing complications. Over the course of three days ...

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