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Jakarta Post

Healthcare focus 'should shift to noncommunicable diseases'

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 21, 2019   /  06:24 pm
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The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) requires National Health Insurance (JKN) participants to, in some cases, obtain referrals from community health centers (Puskesmas) or clinics to be eligible for hospital checkups.(Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

The government and private sector should start working together in addressing the significantly increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases, an executive at the World Bank's private-sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has said. IFC's global head of health and education, Elena Sterlin, said governments around the world, including in Indonesia, should take the leading role in shifting the healthcare focus from communicable diseases to noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and cancer, which have raised serious concerns in recent years. Indonesia has seen a growing prevalence of noninfectious chronic illnesses, as revealed by the 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) report. According to the report, the prevalence of cancer increased to 1.8 percent in 2018 from 1.4 percent in 2013, diabetes mellitus to 8.5 percent from 6.9 percent, strokes to...