Tue, 09 Jun 2009
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Health Department has determined that the label international on hospitals must be based on the value of foreign investment in the hospital concerned. The Health Department’s Medical Services Management Directorate General secretary, Mulya Hasmi, said hospitals having 35 percent of their assets as foreign investment would be categorized as international.

“We are still waiting for the House of Representatives’ (DPR) X Commission to debate the Hospital Bill concerning the services and the organizational structure,” Mulya said yesterday, in Jakarta.

The Health Department hopes that the Omni International Hospital case in Tangerang can pressure the DPR to complete the Bill. According to records, seven to nine hospitals have claimed the right to use the label international. However, Mulya said, only four to five hospitals are justified in using the label.

International hospitals can now be built only in Surabaya and Medan. “For the time being, only these cities are open to such hospitals,” Mulya said. International hospitals can no longer be built in Jakarta and surrounding areas.

Omni International Hospital sued one of its former patients, Prita Mulyasari, for defamation. Prita had complained about the hospital’s services through an email to her friends. She was detained by the police under the the Electronic Information and Transaction Law which criminalizes defamation of character.

Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said she had warned the hospital’s management for claiming the international brand and had asked that it be removed. “I hope they will do it now,” she said.

There are currently four international hospitals in Jakarta, namely the Bintaro International Hospital, Mitra International Hospital, Permata Hijau Hospital, and Brawijaya Hospital. Other international hospitals are located in Medan and Surabaya.



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