The Patriot
    Category: Healthcare By : Audrey E. Simandjaja Read : 990 Date : Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:44:16

    Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

    Prof. Dr. dr. Satyanegara, Sp.BS, 75, is one of the country’s most respected doctors. During 48-year-old career, he has excelled not only as a doctor, but also as a teacher, author and hospital administrator. Trained as a neurosurgeon, he served on an elite team assigned to care for the presidents, from Suharto to Abdurrahman Wahid. He has been head of neuroscience at RS Pusat Pertamina, later becoming the head of the entire hospital, and also served as a director at Gleneagles Hospital and RS Pantai Indah Kapuk.

    He is currently a senior director at the Mayapada Healthcare group and a director of the Tahir Neuroscience Centre at Mayapada Hospital, owned by tycoon Dr. Tahir (who is also the majority owner of the license to publish Forbes Indonesia). Among Satyanegara’s other titles is senior director of the RS Satya Negara hospital (named after him), director of the Sahid Sahirman Neuroscience Centre and honorary director of Sahid Sahirman Memorial hospital.

    In teaching and writing, he has taught neurosurgery at Padjadjaran University in Bandung since 1992, and written books on neurosurgery, as well as an autobiography and a joke book. After receiving a doctoral degree from Tokyo University in neurosurgery, he was awarded by President Suharto with the honorary name of Satyanegara (his original name was Oei Kim Seng). In 2005, he also received an Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays medal from the Emperor of Japan—one of the highest awards in the country.

    What is the state of Indonesia’s healthcare, which now includes the Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (BPJS) system?

    I believe that the BPJS is good for our country. It is very noble. Everyone deserves an equal right to healthcare. The system gives people a sense of security, making them feel safe. However, Indonesian healthcare is still lagging by several years or even decades compared to more developed countries. We are lacking in numbers. We do not have enough general practitioners to cater to the needs of 250 million. Nowadays, most doctors are specialized, usually in one of four categories: internist, pediatric, surgeon or obstetrical.

    Other than the supply of doctors, we also require research. In order to conduct this research, we need facilities, which we are also lacking. As a country, we must keep moving forward to avoid becoming outdated and getting left behind. It is crucial to conduct our own research instead of taking it from other countries since the conditions of a disease can vary by location. For example, in Indonesia, typhoid is considered as harmless as the flu, whereas in the U.S., it is deemed dangerous and infectious. Each time we create a medicine to cure one illness, a new one emerges and we will need to find another cure, and the cycle repeats.