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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 08, 2024

Summary: The quality of medical care in Indonesia is generally considered to be lower than in the United States. Emergency services are available, but may not be as reliable or as well-equipped as those in the US. To call for an ambulance, you can dial the emergency number 118 or contact the nearest hospital.

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How are healthcare services Indonesia?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Indonesia, they replied:

"It's very important to have health insurance and if you're on an international scheme, then have the documents on the ready to give proof. If you don't have healthcare insurance, be prepared to pay a pretty penny when sorting health bills," commented one expat who moved to Bali.

"Healthcare services in Indonesia are provided by both public and private institutions. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all citizens. The quality of public healthcare varies depending on the region, but generally it is considered to be of a lower standard than private healthcare. Foreign residents are able to access the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay for some services. Expats in Indonesia often use the public healthcare system for basic medical needs, but they may opt for private healthcare for more specialized treatments," said one expat.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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