Jakarta is divided into several municipalities, each of which has its own administrative system. As Jakarta is officially not a city, but rather a province, it is best to briefly introduce each of the municipalities:
If you are expecting five-star service in a healthcare facility in Indonesia, you may be disappointed. Although medical facilities — especially private clinics — usually have up-to-date standards, most expats prefer to jet off to Singapore in the event of a more serious operation or procedure.
Hospitals in Jakarta are of a very good standard, however, they are in high demand and thus often overcrowded. In order to quickly get treatment for a smaller medical emergency or simply a general check-up, it is advisable to visit a private clinic. There are several of these in Jakarta and their medical staff is highly qualified. Allianz Worldwide Care offers a list of hospitals and medical facilities located in Jakarta’s various municipalities.
Even though the government has recently introduced a universal healthcare scheme — with the aim of making basic healthcare available to everyone — it is not possible to say that it works perfectly yet. Therefore, it is recommended to invest in a comprehensive international health insurance plan. Please remember that if you plan on living in Jakarta with your family, you should get them insured as well.
The World Health Organization advises any person planning on staying in Jakarta over a prolonged period of time to get booster shots for standard immunizations and receive the following vaccines as a measure of precaution:
Jakarta is considered malaria-free, but the disease is common in other parts of Indonesia. It is therefore important to protect yourself against insect bites and to be familiar with the early symptoms of malaria as well as dengue fever. When you are in doubt whether you are just suffering from the flu or if it’s anything more serious, go to see a doctor!
As always when someone moves abroad to a tropical climate, it is not uncommon to suffer a bout of sudden illness, which may be related to the heat, water consumption, or a certain spice, etc. In this case, rest assured that all pharmacies (apotik) in Jakarta have medication similar to those you are used to in your country of origin. It is wise to get the generic and medical names of the ingredients of any medication you take on a regular basis, as well as those you wish to take against illnesses such as stomach flu, in both English and Indonesian. This will make getting the proper medication at the pharmacy in Jakarta a lot easier.
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