Rubbish for the Doctor

Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)


Over half – 60 percent – of the Indonesian population cannot afford health insurance. At the same time the country produces the second largest amount of plastic rubbish in the world. Enter the project Garbage Clinical Insurance. When households with lower incomes recycle their waste, any income generated goes toward funding a health insurance system where household members can claim free medical treatment. During a test phase, around 600 participants collected 2.4 kilograms of recyclables per month, on average.  



similar articles

Endlich! (Topic: Ageing)

Talking about dying

by Julia Engman

How do people prepare for their death? A hospice nurse tells all.

more


Earth, how are you doing? (Topic: Climate Change)

Binning plastic bags

by Ruth Asan

Kenya has banned plastic bags and its new policy is starting to bear fruit.

more


Finally! (Topic: Ageing)

A dying Victorian woman

by A. L. Kennedy

My great-grandmother in an oxygen tent, my wild grandfather, our neighbour Miss Dickie: Revisiting the old people of my life.

more


Une Grande Nation (Tomorrow's world)

High security coffee

Short news from Indonesia.

more


A story goes around the world (Theory)

Tragic heroes

by Preti Taneja

Great Britain was among the epicentres of the Corona pandemic. As it gathered pace, the crisis revealed a latent racism within the health system.

more


Ich und die Technik (What's different elsewhere)

The buffalo's horn

by Marcel Thee

About a special animal in Indonesia

more