JAKARTA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Health Ministry has banned hospital on using the name of "international" before having been accredited by the Joint Commission International, a senior official said here on Wednesday.
Director General for Public Health Services of the ministry Farid. W Hussain said that the use of the word was categorized as public deception as there was only one hospital now in the country, the Gleneagle Hospital in Tanggerang of Banten province, had been accredited by the commission and had met the international standard of services.
But the rest of more than ten hospitals with word of "international" had not accredited yet by the U.S.-based Joint Commission International, Hussain said.
"With the word international on their names, it gives a signal as if the hospitals have provided services at the international level. This is a mislead on public," he told a press briefing at his office.
The ministry ordered the hospitals to delete the word and give a deadline by up to August 2010, otherwise there would be a punishment, said Hussain.
Health services has been boomed in Indonesia, making many hospitals or health clinics giving various types of services to attract customers at the country.