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Lo Siaw Ging: Doctoring to the rich and poor

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 15 2012   /  09:04 am

JP/Ganug Nugroho AdiLo Siaw Ging, usually called Doctor Lo, is a physician of Chinese descent in Surakarta, Central Java.

The 78-year-old man is popular not only for his correct diagnoses and effective medicine, but also for requiring no fixed fees.

Every day except Sunday, dozens of patients pack his waiting room. They come from all walks of life: pedicab drivers, sidewalk vendors, factory workers, private employees, civil servants and businesspeople. They also include patients from surrounding towns.

Dr. Lo is special for making no distinction between treating the rich and the poor. He is even annoyed if a patient insists on paying if under financial constraints.

Lo also helps the poor pay for the medicine he prescribes by asking the relevant pharmacy to collect his bills monthly.

He does the same for inpatients at the hospital where he works, Kasih...