Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia

Guide to Healthcare in Indonesia

5 Expats Talk about Healthcare and Health Insurance in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 15, 2020

Summary: Expats living in Indonesia talk about healthcare, proximity to hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care in Indonesia, availability of prescription medicines and more.

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Expats in Indonesia offer insight into the quality of healthcare in Indonesia, proximity to hospitals, cost of health insurance and more.

What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Indonesia?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Indonesia about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"Find the right doctor, eat well, learn to breath for the delivery and get an insurance plan and make sure it covers maternity etc," commented an expat living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"If you feel comfortable in the country and your birth presents itself without any problems. By all means give birth in Jakarta, where you can stay close to your family, your other children, your house-help, your work (you can work until the last moment and keep all your maternity leave for when the baby is finally there)! You have friends visiting. You don't have that if you travel abroad to have the baby! I did that for my first 2 babies, as I was living in Cambodia and Myanmar, where local childbirth is really not recommended at all," said another expat in Jakarta.

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What are local medical services like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Indonesia and 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 an expat living in Bali, Indonesia.

"1. Fly to Singapore (if you can afford it) or Fly to Malaysia if you are not as wealthy. 2. Don't get sick ie make sure that you cut out on things that could become an issue like smoking, lack of exercise, overeating junk foods etc. If you get sick make sure that you have already built up a network that, through word-of-mouth, has provided you with names of medical specialists that will alleviate some of your conditions without sending you to the morgue..," said another expat in Yogyakarta.

"many prescriptions are available over the counter - you need to know what require. When I got prescriptions from the doctors down the street from me (2 different doctors at 2 different times), they did ZERO to help me - I had an infection both times - coughing up green, nasty crud. I had to heal on my own. Don't waste your money on Doctors in Bali - treat yourself with medicine from a local apotek. They'll charge you extra because you're not local - you're a Bule. ," remarked another expat in Kerobokan.

What do you think about the cost of medical care in Indonesia?

"My kids and I all had dengue fever at the same time and were taken very well care of at BIMC, Nusa Dua. I am so pleased we had health insurance because the hospital bill would have cost us a hefty US $2100," commented an expat living in Bali, Indonesia.

What are emergency services like?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Indonesia wrote:

"There are many clinics and hospitals [in Bali] that are privately owned, but the ones in rural areas are staffed by people who speak little English. The most most popular hospital is BIMC in Nusa Dua which offers superb healthcare," commented an expat living in Bali, Indonesia.

"Within five kilometers of at least three hospitals, many diagnostic facilities and local healthcare centers," said another expat in Yogyakarta.

"Both public and private - I had a doctor remove some skin tags - cost me way more than it should have but he got them removed - private hospital," remarked another expat in Kerobokan.

Are their specialists in the area or do you need to travel to see a specialist?

"One can get the right healthcare needed in any area you are in, but not all have the same superior quality like at BIMC. An efficient ambulance service is available at BIMC. Taxis run 24/7 and they are another option to use when in an emergency. It is so important to have health insurance as costs can be hefty if one is hospitalized for serious issues," commented an expat living in Bali, Indonesia.

"Malaysia. Medical staff or more likely to interpret test results and prescribe treatments. Mostly good quality care in Penang," said another expat in Yogyakarta.

Are most prescription medications available in Indonesia?

"Most drugs are easily available at pharmacies that are dotted everywhere. Most antibiotics can be bought over the counter, at a cost much less than in Europe," commented an expat living in Bali, Indonesia.

"Yes. Drugsore is calle Apotik. Generally no prescription needed. Medecine is extremely cheap but take care not to buy forgeries," said another expat in Yogyakarta.

"Yes, at Apoteks located all over. Inexpensive. You need to know what you require," remarked another expat in Kerobokan.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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