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Dealing with Shortage of Medical Doctors in Indonesia

The shortage of doctors and other health workers needs to be reviewed and studied thoroughly from various aspects. The main problem today is the maldistribution of doctors, apart from lagging production.

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The perennial issue of the shortage of doctors, both general practitioners and specialists, has recently resurfaced. According to the Health Ministry, Indonesia is around 160,000 doctors short of meeting the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 1:1000, meaning 1 doctor for every 1,000 people.

The fact is saddening and shocking. Why wouldn’t it be? More than seven decades after independence, this country is still desperately in need of doctors to reach the ideal figure. With a population of around 270 million, Indonesia needs a total of 270,000 doctors. The fact is, it has only some 110,000 doctors at present.

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