Partnerships in Health: Greater Collaboration for a Healthier Indonesia
US Chamber-AmCham event focused on PPPs in the health sector
By Gilang Ardana
Thursday, July 5, 2018
The US Chamber of Commerce's Global Initiative on Health and the Economy co-hosted a one-day conference with AmCham Indonesia and the World Bank to highlight opportunities for greater private sector support for Indonesia's health care goals.
Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati provided keynote remarks at the May 15 event in Jakarta, along with Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and Untung Suseno Sutarjo, Secretary General at the Ministry of Health. The government was well represented, with speakers from BAPPENAS, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance, the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), University of Indonesia, and many more.
AmCham Managing Director A Lin Neumann delivered remarks to open the event, along with Rodrigo Chaves, World Bank Country Director for Indonesia.
Most of the discussions highlighted the need for greater clarity in public-private partnerships (PPP) in the health sector.
“For investment [in the health sector], the government cannot do it alone, we need the private sector,” said Bambang. “However, the private sector cannot also be left alone, it needs support and certainty, that is why we need PPP [public private partnerships] in the health sector, we need to find creative financing.”
He also emphasized one of the areas the private sector could participate in was hospital investment, as the government still faces challenges in adding hospitals, doctors and medical equipment.
Later in the day, Sri Mulyani took the stage to talk about health financing in Indonesia. She said that universal health coverage remained one of government’s key priorities for development, and would continue to develop strategy to make it more productive. On the financing side, she said her ministry would continue to push for line ministries to explore creative financing, including in the health sector.
“The bottleneck we have now is to push for line ministries to be champions in seeking an increased private participation,” she said. “Currently they are only expecting funding from the government. Seeking attracting private partnerships is not part of their jobs, so we are continuing to educate more line ministries to be familiar with this.”
The event continued with a closed-door workshop focused on an open exchange of information between the government and private sector on preparations for a new regulatory framework for health care PPPs. As a result, the US Chamber and AmCham have agreed to work with government partners to convene a follow-up dialogue focusing on identifying priority sub-sectors and policy frameworks.