Ease qualified foreign medical graduates to work as a doctor in INDONESIA

Ease qualified foreign medical graduates to work as a doctor in INDONESIA

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Adeline Lo started this petition to Indonesia Ministry of Health

Indonesia has about one physician for every 2,200 people. And every year, only about 5,000 doctors graduate from 72 medical schools across the country. The ideal number is 10,000 new doctors every year, according to Professor Leva Akbar, medical school dean at Bandung Islamic University.

Yet the market for medical care for the well-heeled has been growing in the past few years. Business groups like Mayapada, Sinar Mas, and Lippo have all invested in private hospitals.

Still, Indonesia has only about 1,600 hospitals and 9,500 community health centres (puskesmas) for its population of 250 million.

With the shortage of both doctors and facilities, some Indonesian patients feel the government should lift the restrictions on foreign doctors working here.

"The interests of patients should be the priority. The nationality of a doctor should not matter," said Ms Pusparyanti Sjamsuddin, 49, a housewife who survived breast cancer after she was treated at the Parkway Cancer Centre in Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

She still travels to Singapore every six months for medical care.

"At least a third of the patients visiting my doctor at Parkway come from Indonesia," said the Jakarta resident. "Imagine, if the doctor can instead work in Indonesia one or two days a week, how much accommodation and airfare costs can be saved by the patients?"

Reference: The Straits Times (https://www.asiaone.com/health/indonesia-row-over-hiring-foreign-doctors

I would like for a better healthcare system in Indonesia with a lower doctor to patient ratio! Imagine how many patients travel overseas for medical treatment and how much money Indonesian patients spend on other countries economy just for healthcare? Indonesian patients in Indonesia deserves better healthcare!

Currently, Indonesia has 3.777 doctors for every 10 000 population. This is very low doctor to patient ratio compared to our neighbouring countries in particular, Thailand with 8.096 doctors, Vietnam with 8.199 doctors, Philippines with 12.75 doctors, Malaysia has 15.132 doctors, Brunei Darussalam with 17.701 doctors , Japan with 24.118 doctors, Singapore with 23.063 doctors and Australia with 35.874 doctors for every 10 000 of their populations. (SOURCE: WHO http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.HWFGRP_0020?lang=en Surely we can do something about this!!!

This can definitely also benefit doctors in Indonesia. Their workload can be lessen drastically if we allow foreign doctors to practice in Indonesia. This allows them to provide better healthcare for the patients in Indonesia. HEY, doctors are human too! Indonesian doctors need rest!

Foreign doctors would also exchange knowledge and skills which would greatly improve Indonesia doctor provision of healthcare services. Indonesia definitely have the potential to become a healthcare hub for their neighbouring countries. Foreign patients can then travel to Indonesia for healthcare and Indonesia can hopefully generate income from providing healthcare to others. Lets all make a change for better healthcare to come to Indonesia. 

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