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Jakarta Post

Govt set to internationalize hospitals

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 23 2008   /  10:05 am

The government will turn five state hospitals into world-class medical clinics in a bid to keep affluent patients from seeking treatment overseas, at a time when many poor people are denied access to basic healthcare. The hospitals are being developed to carry out the President's instructions to make medical services in Indonesia equal to those in other countries, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said. "The provision of health services in hospitals in Indonesia is facing very tough challenges in this era of globalization," she said at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital's "international wing building" on Monday. "President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expects the Health Ministry to develop hospitals, especially public ones, of equal quality to world-class hospitals." The new building will repl...