BUMN Minister: Bali could be Indonesia's next health center
Speaking in the "Wajah Indonesia" program on Metro TV on Tuesday night, the Minister of State-owned Enterprises (BUMN), Erick Thohir, stated his wish to turn Bali to one of the international-level healthcare centres, so that Indonesian people will not have to go as far as to Singapore and Malaysia to get their health checked up. Erick saw the potential that Bali could compete in term of healthcare with Singapore and Malaysia in the future.
Furthermore, Erick also stated that the plan was a part of BUMN's transformation plan. Indonesian government planned to develop state-owned businesses through cluster schemes, one of which is through healthcare cluster. For healthcare cluster, the government needs to develop more domestic healthcare centres that will fulfil the needs of domestic and international people. For the Indonesian people, it means Bali will be able to provide the latest check-ups techs to training for doctors and nurses.
The training for doctors and nurses may be the solution for the graduates from nursing academy and university. On the other hand, for those who had finished their training in Bali will have the opportunity to work in Japan. Why Japan? Erick saw high demand in the Japanese healthcare market, more than 750 thousand nurses in 2045 and 120 thousand by 2025. Therefore, it is a chance for Indonesian healthcare workers to shine.
Moreover, Erick added that the development of the healthcare cluster will not be limited only to the related sectors, but also a collaboration between clusters, such as tourism. Bali, a long time player in Indonesia's tourism industry, will offer another sector as the state-of-the-art healthcare will be opened there.
Therefore, the healthcare centre plan in Bali will use an empty land owned by a hotel group in Bali. However, Erick did not reveal the name of the group, nor did he explain the target and parties related to the upcoming development of the healthcare cluster in Bali.