After a much anticipated 9 years wait since the initial law was passed, the actual Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) rollout in January 2014 has led many to raise concerns about Indonesia’s ability and commitment to implement such a large-scale undertaking. Important issues such as the readiness of infrastructure, the chronic shortage of medical professionals, the sufficient and proper funding of the program, remain unresolved and their solutions unclear.

One year on, while teething problems exists, some progress have been made as Indonesia grapples with the enormous tasks to achieve universal coverage. This paper provides our perspective one year on, offering the reader with some level of clarity on where progresses are being made and more importantly, highlighting the potential opportunities that the reader can look out for in the short to medium term.

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