Patients in Papua charged for medications that shouldbe free of charge

Patients in Papua charged for medications that shouldbe free of charge

Kompas

A number of patients now undergoing treatment at the Regional General Hospital in Jayapura have complained about the very high cost of blood being charged by the Red Cross, as much as Rp150,000 (approx. $15.00) for a sachet of blood. Relatives of patients have been charged this amount for blood transfusions.

One relative, Joseph, said that he was astounded when asked to pay for the blood. He said that this was a terrible burden, on top of the cost of medicines which patients have to purchase from the pharmacy while they are being treated at the hospital.

He said that the Papuan Provincial Government has been allocated very substantial funds for medicines and medical equipment from the Special Autonomy budget which is intended to improve conditions for the population.

The chairman of Commission C of the local assembly, the DPRD-Papua, Jan Ayomi, said that Papuans at the hospital should be treated free of charge bearing in mind that the funds allocated by the provincial government from the special autonomy budget for medical treatment are very substantial. This was very regrettable, he said, while urging Barnabas Suebu, the provincial governor, to pay serious attention to this problem.