Official data from the Indonesian authority shows that the government
invested more than 3% of its gross domestic product (or GDP) for it
healthcare industry. The same report also indicated that expenditure
accounted to the medical private sector is approximately one quarter of total
One of the biggest problems the health authority in modern Indonesia faces
is filthy drinking water. The lack of clean water has often been cited
as the primary reason that diarrhea is such a common phenomenon over
here, claiming alarmingly high number of childhood victims each year.
Common Diseases in
The health situation in
is compounded by the wide spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Measured in
term of prevalence,
is just behind the regional hotbeds among
the ASEAN (short for Association of South East Asia Nations) member
countries. There have been 150,000 reported
cases; which caused 2,400 deaths. In Jakarta city, the capital of
Indonesia, HIV/AIDS is known to have a significant number of victims.
The country is also troubled severely from infectious
diseases like dengue fever, avian influenza and dengue hemorrhagic fever
(DHF). According to report release by World Health Organization (or
WHO), effectively all provincials in the country are ravaged by dengue
fever and DHF.
Air Quality in
It is customary for Indonesian farmers to burn bushes for land
cultivation before they grow their crops, and bush fire can often be
spotted amidst the agricultural land during certain seasons of the year.
However in recent years, these bush fire has become more frequent and
bigger in term of scale due to either negligence of the locals or
indiscriminate burning. In 1997
and 2006, major forest burning in the country caused the entire South
East Asian region being covered by thick smog. As the smog descended on
the neighboring countries, health authorities in those countries had to
resort to issue health alerts; warning its residents to stay in-door.
The smog is believed to be a source of a number of acute health
conditions. During those periods, a record number of patients were
rushed to the emergency rooms for treatments on respiratory related
diseases. Patients were observed to have experience deterioration in
lung function, upper respiratory infection as well as asthma. In
addition to the damage on the respiratory tracts, the smog also caused
eye and skin irritations at that time.
Should you travel in Indonesia we encourage you to purchase a
comprehensive health insurance to protect yourself and your family from
unexpected diseases. In order to find a suitable medical insurance in
Indonesia you may ask us for a comprehensive