Why Indonesia urgently needs to transform its healthcare system

Indonesia is facing rising demand for healthcare, from a growing and ageing population. However, current infrastructure remains inadequate.

A comprehensive healthcare transformation is in order for Indonesia. Already the 4th most populous country in the world, the country’s population size is set to reach 300 million by 2035, continuing the growth trajectory from around 240 million in 2010 and 270 million in 2020.

What will put even more pressure on the country’s healthcare system is the rising proportion of seniors as part of the population. By 2035, 1 in 10 Indonesians will be aged above 65 years old, forming a sizeable group that will drive more demand for medical care and resources.

There has been encouraging growth in healthcare infrastructure, with some 900 new healthcare facilities built in the last decade. However, capacity relative to its population size – in terms of inpatient beds and trained physicians – still lag behind other countries in the region and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has unveiled a serious transformation plan – identifying six pillars of evolution, from boosting primary care capacity, to improving secondary and tertiary care quality, to widespread digitalisation and technology adoption.

HMA is partnering the Ministry, as well as Indonesia Hospital Association (Perhimpunan Rumah Sakit Seluruh Indonesia/PERSI), on the Digitalise Healthcare Indonesia conference which will centre on the country’s healthcare transformation plans and how it can build quality care infrastructure. To find out more and register, click here.

Leading up to the event, HMA will also be holding a webinar 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.