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FX Soedanto: Staying true to his calling

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 24 2008   /  10:48 am

FX SOEDANTO: (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba) In a time when medical expenses are beyond the reach of many people, there is still a doctor who charges his patient a mere Rp 1,000 (10 US cents) for a consultation. If need be, he does not even mind getting nothing but a thank you. The doctor is 67-year-old Fransiskus Xaverius Soedanto, who has served in Papua for 33 years. "Previously, I charged Rp 500 per patient. The amount has increased to Rp 1,000 but if someone pays me Rp 500 or with just a thank you, I will still accept it," he said. Consultation fees for general practitioners in the area are usually around Rp 25,000 while a specialist might charge Rp 50,000. The first impression of this doctor is that he is modest. But almost all residents in Papua's capital city Jayapura have heard of him. "Oh, that one-thousand-rupiah doctor," ...