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CAFTA double-edged sword for healthcare consumers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 3 2010   /  10:19 am

The China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) will create tough competition that could disadvantage the access Indonesians have to quality healthcare, activists said Tuesday. “The hazard stems from our ill preparation,” Web Warouw, the secretary-general of the People’s Health Council (DKR), said in Jakarta after a press conference about the CAFTA and its effect on people’s health.The media heard the biggest trade area among developing countries would produce serious and often hazardous effects on people’s health and their access to decent, affordable healthcare.China and Indonesia are set to establish free trade, which will allow products from both countries to flow more freely between the two countries by the end of this year.The economy of the regions included in the CAFTA after the mechanism is fully implemented is predicted to involve 1.8 billion consumers, US$6 trillion in GDP, ...