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台灣社會有愛,印尼船員重獲新生,一個22歲年輕生命見證台灣這個有愛國度的故事
日期:106-04-29 點閱數:704
  22歲的印尼籍船員小瓦(化名)從2016年3月30日離開他在南蘇拉威西省Sinjai的故鄉時,一定沒有想過這將會是他人生中一場難忘的旅程,天知道自己將會因心肌病變的緣故導致休克及呼吸衰竭,而差點客死於離家將近3000公里的異鄉台灣,也幸好在台灣遇見了高醫醫療團隊及有情有義的台灣船公司,讓他從鬼門關前走一遭,雖然因此積欠了大筆醫療費用債務,但在高雄市政府海洋局積極協調及相關社會資源共同籌措之下,讓小瓦不但重獲新生,也毫無經濟負擔的返回故鄉重啟自己的人生,這是一段印尼船員與台灣漁業命運共同交織的故事,真真實實的發生在高雄籍鮪釣漁船和高雄這塊美麗友善的土地上。
  小瓦為改善家裡的經濟狀況,遠赴離家數千公里的台灣鮪釣漁船上工作,但是海上顛簸的航程和亟需體力的重活讓他頗感不適,於是和船長申請提早結束契約並立即獲得允諾,在船東不計較契約提早結束,如實將所有薪資費用核算給小瓦後,沒想到就在搭機返國的前一天,住進了高雄醫學大學附設中和紀念醫院,船東公司林老闆為保全他的生命,指示代表簽署葉克膜手術同意書並協助辦理相關住院事宜,也幸而有高醫妙手回春的醫術及設備,重啟了他的新生。
  但高達103萬元的沈重醫療費用,是他一輩子都難以償還的重擔,幸而在高雄市政府海洋局積極協調之下,船東公司首先主動捐輸15萬元,印尼當地仲介依其保險提供12萬5千元,印尼辦事處協請該國海員協會出資39萬元,剩餘的36萬5千元,則在高醫、高雄市政府社會局以及海洋局協助媒合之相關公益團體齊力之下得以結清,小瓦也如願以償於2017年4月28日順利搭機返國,讓這起海員因病受難事件有了一個完美的結果,更一同見證了愛不分國界的美好。
  印尼是我國遠洋漁業事務的重要夥伴,台灣漁船申報僱用的印尼船員就曾高達1萬多人,為了感謝這些重要的海上英雄對於台灣遠洋漁業的貢獻,2017年1月20日行政院農業委員會訂定發布了「境外僱用非我國籍船員許可及管理辦法」,除大幅提升船員薪資,因應意外、疾病之醫療甚至一般身故的保險亦明白訂定於法規之中,強化了船員的保障,讓我國不只是漁業大國,更是良好勞工福利照護的人權至上國度,此後,即便沒有政府部門介入協助,像小瓦這樣的故事也不再悲痛上演,因為更完整全面的保險福利照護制度將覈實補充了這個缺口,也將明顯改善我國醫療體系面對相關資源支出恐求償無門的窘困,自此讓愛由台灣傳出去,傳遞在浩瀚的藍色海洋與不同國度的瑰麗土地上。

Love without borders- How Taiwan's kind social acts saved a 22-year-old Indonesian fisherman
 When 22-year-old Indonesian fishermen Watt (alias), left his hometown of Sinjai in South Sulawesi on March 30, 2016 and traveled 3,000 kilometers away from home to Taiwan, he could never expect the “shocking” journey that is ahead of him. Like many other Indonesian fishermen, Watt traveled afar to work on Taiwan’s Tuna fishing fleets in order to provide better living for his family. Being home sick and working under the harsh conditions of the merciless sea began to have a toll on Watt. Thus, he decided to return home and applied for premature termination of his contract with the fishery operator. Luckily, his kind boss agreed without penalizing him, and gave him all his well-deserved salary.
 Fate plays cruel tricks sometimes. One day before Watt board the plane to return home, he was admitted to the hospital due to a heart condition, suffering from severe pulmonary hypertension, and almost died of shock and respiratory failure. To save his life, his boss, fishery operator Mr. Lin stepped in, acted as Watt’s emergent contact, and signed the agreement form for emergent Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) intervention. Fortunately, Watt gradually recovered under the care of a team of medical specialists from Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital. However, without proper healthcare insurance, Watt was faced with a huge medical bill of 1.03 million Taiwanese dollars (equivalent to 455.92 million Indonesian Rupiah).
 Knowing his difficulty, the Marine Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government and various organizations immediately took charge to connect with various social organizations, seeking available social resources. To everyone’s surprise, the fishery operator generously donated $150,000. The Indonesian Fishermen Agency provided $125,000 from insurance coverage. The Indonesian Economic and Trade Office and the Indonesian Fishermen Association provided $390,000, and the remaining $365,000 sum was comprised of kindhearted donations rounded up by Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung Marine Bureau, and the Social Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government. In the end, Watt returned home safely and debt free on April, 28th, 2017.
 Indonesia is an important partner of Taiwan’s offshore fishing industry. Taiwanese fishing vessels have declared that they have employed more than 10,000 Indonesian crew members. In order to thank these heroic fishermen for their contribution to Taiwan's offshore fishing industry, on January 20, 2017, the Executive Yuan Agricultural Committee enacted “Regulations on the qualification of the foreign crew member” (found in article 26 of Act for Distant Water Fisheries). In addition to increased fishermen working salary, the regulation ensures all foreign fishermen are protected by healthcare insurance as well as accidental death insurance. This demonstrates Taiwan’s utmost respect and regards for good labor welfare and human rights. We hope, from Watt’s incidence, we could unify our social resources for a more comprehensive healthcare insurance and labor welfare system, so that when similar incidence occurs, our healthcare system will be able to care for fishermen across the vast blue ocean, without borders, and without the fear of uncovered medical expenses.

Special thanks to:
. Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital
. PCT Seamen’s/Fishermen’s Service Center
. Taiwan’s Labor Rights Association
. Indonesian Fishermen Association
. Chun Sheng Fishery Co. Ltd
. Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Corp.
. Taipei Hsing Tian Kong
. Kaohsiung City-County Association
. Nan Shan Life Charity Foundation
. Overseas Fisheries Development Council of the Republic of China
. The Social Welfare and Philanthropic Association of Kaohsiung City