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Jakarta Post

Low-rank officials receive `innovative' health care

  • Emmy Fitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 12 2009   /  11:09 am

The ancient saying "health is wealth" has taken on new meaning these days when one is sick, says 33-year-old Tito Adi Suwasto, an official at the tax office in Banten. As a civil servant on a meager monthly salary, the breadwinner has always tried to adequately balance his families health needs with all the other necessary costs, such as his children's education and expenses for the home. His skills with money were no match however for the staggeringly high costs involved with treating cancer, something he encountered upon being diagnosed with malignant lymphoma in March last year. Tito, a father of two children, first became suspicious when he felt a painless lump in his left chest. But he didn't take it too seriously, and neither did his doctor, who let him go with a clean bill of health. When playing soccer however he noticed that his armpit ha...