Indonesia builds medical tourism hospital in Bali
A view of the empty beach of people in Sanur, near Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, on October 14, 2021. Sanur is the location of the new medical tourism hospital currently under construction. (AFP)
Indonesia is building a hospital that will be managed in partnership with the United States-based Mayo Clinic as part of an offer to recoup $ 7 billion in outbound medical tourism.
President Joko Widodo is seeking to bring wealthy Indonesians and foreign visitors to the Bali International Hospital, which will start operating in mid-2023, he said at Monday’s inaugural event. The facility is under construction in the Sanur area known for its white sand beaches.
About 2 million Indonesians travel to countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and the United States for treatment each year due to lack of confidence and the limited capacity of the local health system. That translates to 97 trillion rupees ($ 7 billion) in annual losses for the country, said Jokowi, the president’s nickname. The hospital will be part of its broader offering aimed at reducing imports of drugs, pharmaceutical raw materials, as well as healthcare equipment and services.