Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death in Indonesia. However, health facilities specializing in heart disease in Indonesia are primarily concentrated in major cities. To address this issue, the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the state-owned National Heart Center Harapan Kita Hospital will prepare five hospitals in North Maluku, North Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, West Papua, and West Sulawesi to provide heart disease treatment.
The Ministry stated that the service would be divided into three levels: intermediate, primary, and prominent service. Hospitals at the intermediate level are expected to be able to perform stent insertion and coronary angioplasty, a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. Hospitals at the primary level would be able to conduct open heart surgery for more severe cases. Meanwhile, the prominent level hospitals would provide the most extensive cardiovascular treatments.
The National Heart Center Harapan Kita Hospital will train healthcare professionals in caring for cardiovascular disease patients. The Harapan Kita Hospital has established itself as the primary referral hospital for treating and managing cardiovascular diseases in Indonesia.
The Ministry of Health has specified that its target is to provide hospitals with primary-level service in each of the 36 provinces in Indonesia. In 2023, the Ministry also aims to provide special allocation funds to 14 cities to build catheterization laboratories in their regional hospitals.