Forbes Indonesia|June 2020
The right to health is an essential objective in the Indonesian constitution. However, many Indonesians still have poor access to healthcare services. World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017 reported that many public health facilities in Indonesia suffer from weak infrastructure and a shortage of healthcare workers like doctors, nurses, and midwives. The WHO stated that both healthcare infrastructure and human resources in Indonesia is below international standard. There is also a significant gap in healthcare access and support between cities, rural, and remote areas. For example, half of the country’s hospitals are located in Java and Bali, where almost 60% of the population resides. In contrast, only 9% of the total hospitals are located in the eastern part of Indonesia. It’s a typical story that many people living in eastern Indonesia often travel for days to get medication.
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