The Indonesian Healthcare industry is facing a massive problem.
The lack of necessary medical equipment, supplies, doctors, and beds are some of the main concerns with the Indonesian healthcare industry. There is one hospital bed per 1,000 people in Indonesia, well below the world average of 3.6 per 1000 people. There are also only 25 doctors per 100,000 people.
A report done by Oliver Wyman shows a vast disparity of health results due to geography and income. The report explains that there is a 15-year difference in life expectancy between urban and rural areas, illustrating Indonesia’s
Incredible geographical healthcare challenge. This is an almost uniquely Indonesian challenge: The country’s archipelago structure and a wide income distribution create regional issues that compound other factors.
So what's being done now? Today’s traditional healthcare ecosystem model is inconvenient for patients. It is a traditional supplier-oriented, volume-driven, high-touch model. In addition, unique Indonesian characteristics pose their own challenges.
How do we solve Indonesia’s problem of geographic disparity? What are some of the challenges that Indonesian healthcare startups face when tackling these problems? What should be the main focus moving forward?
To answer these questions, I speak to Pak Danu Wickasana, MD of Good Doctor Technology, a digital healthcare joint-venture between Grab and Ping An Good Doctor, for his expert insights.