Improving quality in public sector hospitals in Indonesia

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Indonesia has successfully expanded its health system to improve access and quality of care for the population, promote equity, and expand primary health care. More recently, it has sought to undertake policy initiatives to promote involvement of the private sector and to introduce both incentives for efficiency and payment mechanisms which will increase sustainability. Certain public health sector facilities have been given financial autonomy to set prices, introduce and retain user fees, and promote prepayment mechanisms. The autonomous hospitals, Unit Swadana hospitals, have increased revenue sustainability while promoting quality assurance practices. The managers of these hospitals have become adept at introducing business practices into the hospital's operations to promote efficiency. These have attracted private investors to invest in public hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-296
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Autonomy
  • Health sector reform
  • Indonesia
  • Prepayment
  • Private sector
  • Self sustaining
  • User fees


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