The Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia through the Continuing Medical Education-Continuing Professional Development (CME-CPD) Unit and the Department of Community Medicine Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, in collaboration with the Dutch Foundation held the Symposia and Workshop “Health Care in Urban Setting”
The series of the symposium was held from Monday to Wednesday (14-16/4) in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia. On each day, a different theme was presented at the symposium. On the first day, it was opened by the theme of “Health Care in Urban Settings”, followed on the second day with “Health Care Systems” and the third day with “Primary Health Care”.
The event was opened with remarks from the Chairman of the Department of Community Medicine Faculty of Medicine, Dr. dr. Herqutanto, MARS, MPH. The second was followed by a speech from the General Secretary of the Dutch Foundation, Mr. Charles Lighvoet. Then, finally Dr. dr. Ratna Sitompul, SpM(K), as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, put her speech on.
The theme “Health Care in Urban Setting” was based on the newest health application system in Indonesia, known as the National Health Insurance (Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional-JKN), which was launched in January 2014. The implementation of this system refers to the principles of the ‘Universal Coverage’ that has been adopted by several countries in the world. One of the countries that had already been applying social health insurance program is The Netherlands. In The Netherlands, referral systems and primary care through primary health care (family doctors) are already well underway. As a result, people receive health services effectively and efficiently.
The launch of the National Health Insurance system in Indonesia was expected to reduce direct public visits to the hospital that are not necessarily needed. Therefore, it needs a strong primary health care with the support of information systems that are running well, including coordination with the government and the private sector to the success of the health insurance system.
Based on the theme, a variety of topics were presented by health experts as a speaker , among others were Prof. Dr. dr.med . Akmal Taher, SpU(K) ( Current Health Care System in Indonesia ) ; dr . Muchtaruddin Mansur, MS, SpOK, PhD ( Lifestyle and Environment as the Main Focus in Health System ) ; Prof . dr . Hasbullah Thabrany, MPH, Dr.PH ( Social Health Insurance in Indonesia ) ; Prof. Dr .dr. Pradana Soewondo, SpPD-KEMD ( New Hope for Diabetic Patient in INA – Medicare Era 2014 ) ; Dr. dr. Djumhana Atmakusuma, SpPD-KHOM ( Safe Blood Supply in Sulawesi : An Example of Collaboration between NGOs , Local Government and Academic Institution ) ; Dr. dr. Astrid B. Sulistomo, MPH, SpOK ( Peer Educator Training Program in HIV ) ; and Dr. dr . Fiastuti Witjaksono , MS , SpGK ( Combating the Obesity Epidemic through Community Empowerment ). Furthermore, the foreign speakers from the Dutch Foundation were Prof. Egbert Schade ( University of Amsterdam ) , Prof. Dinny De Baker, PhD ( Tilburg University), Prof. Walter Deville (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research Institute / NIVEL and the University of Amsterdam ) and dr. Wienke Boerma, PhD ( NIVEL Institute )
This event was expected to provide input and new outlook for health workers in Indonesia. Indirectly, the readiness from the government and the health workers facing the new welfare system will have an impact to the whole society in Indonesia. The entire event series were not only expected to increase the knowledge of health professionals but also improve their ability to handle the daily primary health case. (Mel/Dan/Die)