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Jakarta Post

Poor healthcare in Indonesia boosts medical tourism

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 5 2011   /  08:00 am

There is no nationalism when it comes to pain; no distance is too far to travel for a cure when money is not an issue. For some better-off Indonesians patients, better healthcare is usually one flight away.

“They wanted to cut into my chest first then specify the cost of the surgery afterwards,” Widjil Trionggo, 54, said of his experience consulting with cardiologists at a hospital in Jakarta.

The doctor suggested that Widjil, who had blocked arteries, undergo balloon angioplasty, in which doctors would place stents in his arteries.

“They said they didn’t know how many stents they would need to put in my chest,” he said.

Discouraged by the prospects of not knowing the cost of his surgery in advance, he flew to Penang, Malaysia, where doctors suggested he undergo bypass surgery.

Another medical tourist, Siaw Kian, 57, said that she preferred ...