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Indonesia healthcare system failing millions
Published on 07 Augustus 2009 06:17
Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.
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Every country must be careful not to let their humanitarian instincts to ruin a system that works. Indonesia is a third world country and no one should expect it to provide top-of- the-line medical care.

Consider the end-game of providing the best health care coverage for all the people - it would mean the population would grow older and larger (but certainly not happier), many people who God intended to die would be kept alive by machines. Furthermore, it would drain the nations resources that should be used to improve the lifestyle of those with the vigor to truly enjoy life. Death cannot be avoided so why bankrupt the country trying to prolong life?

Having been treated by unlicensed health healers, called dukun, they do have healing skills passed down from generation to generation. They can set bones and heal wounds with natural herbs and plants. They are poor doctors who care for the poor people. Traditional massages are also effective where Western medicine is often not - Indonesia is famous for that.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Indonesia has a health care system that fits the needs of its people. Let's not think about improving (and paying for) high class health care while a large percentage of the people still live in abject poverty.


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On 08 August 2009 15:34 hobo1 wrote:
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Indonesia has a health care system that fits the needs of its people. Let's not think about improving (and paying for) high class health care while a large percentage of the people still live in abject poverty.
It does not, that is what the article is all about. Tens of millions without proper access to a doctor or further medical care if needed.


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Indeed, it does NOT. And it is probably concerning closer to HUNDREDs of millions of Indonesian people lacking the BASIC healthcare.
This hobo dude must live in another, long passed, century, is why he's tucked away in his bunker. Thinking that the people of Indonesia are or should be satisfied having their traditional medicine men is proof enough for me that he is in need of a mental doctor. Go to a traditional one that chops off limbs to heal a criple!
It is about corruption and illegality, that's why all those people lacking the basics in healthcare; and they are not happy about what they have got now. Far from it.


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You have pinpointed the problem.. If hundreds of millions of Indonesians lack basic healthcare in a country of 240 million, then virtually the entire population is lacking what you define as "basic healthcare". I live in a remote island and can clearly see the quality of health care received by the poorest of the poor.

Take the example of a cripple. A traditional healer can treat broken bones - even my German born grandmother could set broken bones. That doesn't require special treatment. Now let's assume the cripple is suffering from torn ligaments or something that requires surgery and follow-up physical therapy. The price of such an operation, and follow-up treatment would be at least US$2000 - much more if "modern techniques" were used. Do you expect the government to pay for that operation for a hundred million people? Unlike Western countries, Indonesia has a very low tax base and such a program would sap the resources from the central government. How do you propose the government pay for such a system? Stop the rice subsidies to the poor? Or stop construction of infrastructure projects which are the key to a more prosperous future?

A population must live within its means. You would have one person being treated in a modern hospital while his brother is on the brink of starvation? If Indonesia wants modern health care, its residents must work collectively as a nation to lift up the entire social support structure. That must include not only health care, but adequate food, clean water, healthy sanitation, good education, sustainable, clean environment, and a moral structure free from corruption. A rising tide lifts all boats. And the quality of health care must rise along with the development of the entire country.


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