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Jakarta Post

Analysis: Indonesia: The health of the nation

  • Josh Franken

    Oxford Business Group

  /   Mon, May 2 2011   /  08:00 am

Indonesia’s government is pushing forward with ambitious plans to reform the country’s health network, aiming to have a system of universal social health insurance coverage in place by 2014, though the project faces a number of challenges, not least of which are its sheer scale and cost.

Currently, an estimated 56 percent of Indonesia’s population of around 240 million — mainly state employees, low-income earners and those with private coverage — have some form of health insurance. With a steep rise in the incidence
of non-communicable diseases and an across-the-board increase in health costs, more of those not covered by various schemes or without access to free care are having difficulty affording essential medical services.

The Health Ministry aims to put in place a standard coverage scheme that will provide a base safety net for all Indonesians. In a rec...