From trash to healthcare in MalangThe Jakarta PostNovember 17, 2018
Since its establishment in 2010, the Waste Insurance Clinic initiated by doctor Gamal Albinsaid from non-profit organization Indonesia Medika in Malang, East Java, has provided primary health care services for nearby residents in return for nothing but recyclable trash.
The clinic only focuses on primary care, but Gamal strives to improve the service in order to help patients who need intensive treatment by cooperating with the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
“The BPJS health care scheme guarantees secondary and tertiary health care services for people,” he said while commemorating the National Waste-Free Day on Feb. 21 at the clinic in Bumiayu subdistrict, Kedungkandang.
The clinic’s health care program is a collaborative effort between BPJS Kesehatan, the Malang Environment Agency, students and residents.
The government prepared a fund to cover premiums for poor people and invited others to take part in the health insurance program.
Gamal is looking for various sources of funds to cover the remaining Rp 15,500 to get the patients registered with the BPJS health insurance for third-class hospital services.
Ponali, a resident of Bumiayu who suffered a stroke for four years, said he benefited from the health care provided at Gamal’s clinic.
Community members can also donate waste to help poor people obtain free health care services through a charity program.
The head of BPJS’s primary health service unit in Malang, Muji Hariyanti, welcomes the waste insurance program.
After explaining their complaints, having their blood pressure taken and their weight registered, patients are medically examined and given prescribed medicine.
Wilma admitted that changing people’s mindset was hard, and that it must start by example. “We have to understand that we are part of the problem,” she said. (dis/ebf)
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