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With digital care, diabetes should be neither costly nor deadly

  • Gusti Adintya Putri and Afifan Ghalib Haryawan

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Stockholm/Jakarta   /   Thu, January 30, 2020   /  10:01 am
With digital care, diabetes should be neither costly nor deadly An official of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) shows the state health insurer's mobile application that enables people to access health services and control payments through cellular phones. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

The International Diabetes Foundation has estimated that more than 10 million people live with diabetes in Indonesia. However, the national Basic Health Survey from 2018 reported that less than 4 million of the diabetic patients have been diagnosed. This is an alarming situation since unmanaged diabetes often leads to complications that are irreversible and costly. Diabetes prevalence is expected to increase even more along with the growing aging population, sedentary lifestyles and insufficient intervention programs. As the conventional diabetes system dictates, the Puskesmas (community health centers) are mandated to screen all high-risk diabetes patients in their jurisdiction. Unfortunately, many Puskesmas are understaffed, underfunded and overburdened. Indonesian society has a relatively low level of health literacy, especially among those who are uneducated and poor. Most d...

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