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Jakarta Post

Health inequity persists after 75 years of independence

  • Made Anthony Iswara
    Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 14, 2020   /  10:01 am
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An illustration of a patient at a hospital.(Shutterstock/File)

“Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day, August 17, 1945. Many Indonesians are still at a disadvantage in accessing health services, even as Indonesia celebrates its 75th year of independence this year. The poorest section of the population still has the highest percentage of people who do not get treatment when they are sick, leaving their health needs unmet, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). “This can be caused by various things, such as having no money to pay medical bills or transportation costs, having no means of transportation or because of the long waiting time for services [that makes it] hard for them to get treatment,” BPS said. A 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Ministry joint report found that the poorest have the lowest ba...