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Jakarta Post

HIV/AIDS patients demand fair health treatment and insurance

  /   Mon, November 30 2009   /  02:19 pm

A number of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS have called for fair health treatment saying they have no access to the government-tailored national public health insurance scheme (Jamkesnas). Based on government regulations, the Jamkesnas scheme does not cover health care for people with HIV/AIDS. At a gathering between the management of Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar and HIV/AIDS patients, health adviser Rony shared his experience of accompanying a patient with HIV/AIDS, who failed to claim his health insurance because he was affected by the disease. "The insurance company withdrew its health fund covering his treatment at a hospital knowing that he suffered from HIV/AIDS. The patient was very shocked," said Rony, an advisor at Kuta Community Health Center. Putra, not his real name, said that if a person admitted he had HIV/AIDS, no insurance company, especially ...