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Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s healthcare spending set to expand

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 30 2013   /  10:30 am

Indonesia’s healthcare expenditure is predicted to reach US$60.6 billion in 2018 with a growth of 14.9 percent over the 2012-2018 period on account of faster growth in age groups above 35 years, urbanization and an increase of lifestyle-related diseases such as cancer and diabetes, says research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Hannah Nawi, Frost & Sullivan’s Healthcare Practice Associate Director for Asia Pacific, said Indonesia’s median age was 28 years and that age groups beyond 35 years were projected to grow faster than the average from 2010 to 2014.

“Urbanization and a slowly aging population will the drive demand for healthcare in Indonesia,” Hannah said recently.

She added that increasing chronic and lifestyle-related diseases, including cancer and diabetes, especially in big cities in the country, would also play a large role in the i...