The Jakarta Post
Researchers say Indonesia loses US$37.2 billion a year, about 7 percent of its gross domestic product, due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes.
According to a report released by the Canada-based Cameron Institute, the figure was based on healthcare costs and an estimate of lost potential household income from workers who were debilitated by illness or died prematurely.
NCDs had a substantial economic impact, reducing GDP from 1 to 5 percent in low-and middle-income countries, according to the report.
“People with NCDs are increasing 45 percent internationally and 25 to 30 percent in Indonesia,” Ken Thorpe, the executive director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), told The Jakarta Post before a discussion titled “Meeting the Chronic Diseases Challenge” in Central Jakarta on Tuesd...