Indonesia is fast becoming an important force in today’s world. As the 4th most populated country, with the world’s 16th largest economy, the country is on a rapid trajectory for growth. According to McKinsey, the country could be the 7th largest by the year 2030, by which time it will have surpassed Germany and the United Kingdom1.
With a growing middle class, increasing chronic diseases, new industry regulations and improved quality of local healthcare delivery, significant focus and investment into healthcare is critical to meeting the country’s ambitious economic growth targets.
Today, only 3% of Indonesia’s GDP is spent on healthcare, compared to 9.3% in Brazil and 6.6% in Vietnam2. Indonesia’s healthcare system faces a number of challenges, among them resources and infrastructure, especially considering the country’s geographical diversity –the country spans across 18,000 islands.
The fast-tracked development and heavy investment in Indonesia’s healthcare system will meet increasing pressure from the country’s growing middle class and a need for competitive advantage amid other booming economies in the region. Today only 133.4 million people, out of a total population of 240 million, are covered by some form of health insurance. By 2019, the government aims to have 100% of Indonesia covered by health insurance3. This expansion in access to health care will translate into increased demand for clinics, hospitals and clinicians.
By 2020, it is hoped that the region’s most prevalent healthcare issues, such as heart disease, cervical cancer and maternal mortality, will be addressed and tackled, bringing Indonesia up to speed with the rest of the developed world that it is fast catching up to economically.
Speaking to journalists earlier this month, David Utama, President and CEO of GE Healthcare ASEAN, said that by the end of 2015, GE Healthcare will double the size of its local healthcare team and foster new talent in the region.
“Leadership development and growth are key to building a business in tune with the needs of the local market,” he said. “We want to grow our people to help drive local solutions and local decision making so we can best serve the needs of our local customers. Our goal is to grow our business in Indonesia five times over within the next five years.”
To help shepherd this growth and develop the capabilities and talent of GE Healthcare’s local team, Utama will be relocating to Jakarta as of March 1, 2015, where he’ll continue to lead the GE Healthcare ASEAN business out of Indonesia.
In alignment with current Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s plans to provide better healthcare, Utama said, “The strategy is increasing access to higher quality healthcare, while reducing costs for patients. In terms of technology, we’re looking at more innovative solutions designed specifically for the primary care market, products which are designed with the Indonesian user in mind.”