Pak Fadil’s biopsy results in less than a week

The biopsy itself went well. It’s a tongue tumor so it’s an easy procedure. Pak Fadil said his tongue felt better after the doctor removed a small tissue sample.

Oral cancer, of course, is not easy to treat at all and recovery rates aren’t very good. If the tumor is malignant, then the rear left side of the tongue will be removed.

Difficulties include:

  • It’s even harder to swallow and eat after the operation than it was before
  • Not much room for surgeon to move around with all the vital activities in the area (like breathing)
  • Bleeding

Otherwise, you can recover from a glossectomy and speak and eat normally rather quickly. Whether you get the cancer is another matter.

As usual financial and medical concerns go together in the family’s mind. We hope you aren’t planning a biopsy, but if it’s a small one like this you shouldn’t pay very much. Why? Because that’s the guarantee the law provides to people who don’t have money.

Let’s say they ask you for Rp 800,000. You don’t need to worry about what percentage of that amount you will pay. Instead stand your ground. If you don’t have the money then you are covered by the law and the payment should be made for you on behalf of the state.

Don’t be surprised if the hospital agrees to accept substantially less than the full amount from you. Usually that is the case? So how much should you pay? This is a grey area in the law that we are researching.

On the one hand it is to the patient’s advantage to pay less. On the other hand, it is unclear whether the patient is properly following the law in doing so.