Indonesia’s drive to expand healthcare access across islands

With over 6,000 inhabited islands, Indonesia faces a uphill challenge in delivering quality care to all parts of the country

As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia has an estimated 18,000 islands, of which some 6,000 are inhabited. These islands extend a vast 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) from east to west. 

This means the country faces unique challenges in delivering healthcare, equally, to all parts of the country. One indicator of this unequal access is that of hospital bed capacity. As a country, Indonesia’s average number of hospital beds per 1,000 people lags behind other countries in Asia – at 1.18 beds versus the average of 3.3 beds across Asian countries. The hospital beds are more concentrated in capital city Jakarta and densely populated Java island.

Limited access to healthcare services outside Jakarta and Java island is a key challenge identified by the Indonesian Ministry of Health. Its healthcare system transformation plans thus include digitalisation – tapping on digital health technologies that can overcome geographical challenges to deliver healthcare to more remote areas. It also plans to invest in boosting service capacity in all health facilities, particularly building new hospitals in the eastern region.

Learn more about Indonesia’s healthcare transformation at the upcoming Digitalise Healthcare Indonesia conference, which HMA is partnering the Indonesian MOH and Indonesia Hospital Association (Perhimpunan Rumah Sakit Seluruh Indonesia/PERSI) to organise. This will be held on 6-7 July in Jakarta. To find out more and register, click here.

Leading up to the event, HMA will also be holding a webinar on May 17 titled “Why Indonesia healthcare is ripe for a digital revolution”. Officials from MOH and PERSI will share about the key pillars of transformation planned for Indonesian hospitals. Click here to register.