Towards Universal Health Coverage Era, FKM Holds International Seminar

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Present in the international seminar in The Square Ballroom on Saturday, August 13, Prof. Dr. Iekhsan Oetman (second from the left), Widodo J.P., dr., Ph.D , and Dr. Yot Teerawattananon, Ph. D. (Photo : Faridah Hari)

UNAIR NEWS –  As a dedication of  education  towards globalization in health care, lecturers of Health Policy and Administration (AKK) Faculty of Public Health (FKM)  Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) held an international seminar in The Square Ballroom, on Saturday, August 13. The international seminar was attended by policy makers, researchers, management of hospitals, clinics, or public health centers.

International seminar titled “Assuring Healthcare Quality in Indonesia’s Universal Health Coverage Era through Effective and Efficient Use of High Technology” was opened by Vice Rector I Prof. Djoko Santoso. In his speech, Prof. Djoko said that the most important thing in the preparation of universal health coverage (UHC) is to give access to people towards health care they need without suffering financial hardships with excellent service.

Benny Anggarbito, drg., as the head of the committee said that it was an annual event of AKK master program. This year, the committee invited international speakers to share knowledge. The seminar was initiated by students from three concentrated studies, Hospital Management (MARS), Healthcare Service (MPK) and Health care Management (MK). The objective of the seminar was to discuss national health insurance (JKN) related to UHC which will be implemented in 2019.

This international seminar is our real work to improve optimism that Indonesia can implement HTA (Health Technology Assesment) as other countries such as Thailand who had implemented it earlier,” said Benny.

In this international seminar there were three speakers,  Prof. Dr. Iekhsan Oetman (Dean of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Monash, Malaysia), Dr. Yot Teerawattananon, Ph. D (a bureaucrat of Ministry of Public Health, Thailand) and Widodo J.P., dr., Ph.D ( a lecturer of FKM UNAIR).

In the occasion, Yot shared information on UHC concept and HTA efficient and effective implementation in Thailand. Yot also hoped that Indonesia can soon implement HTA. (*)

Author: Faridah Hari
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.

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