According to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno, the government is currently promoting Bali as a top health tourism destination.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he declared, "We are going all out to prepare (Bali as a) health tourism destination."
The goal of the strategy to expand health tourism on the island of Bali is to entice Indonesians, who often travel abroad for medical care, to receive treatment in Indonesia with the provision of top-notch services.
According to information compiled by the Health Ministry in 2021, Indonesians who choose to receive their medical care overseas cause an annual economic loss of about Rp161 trillion.
The national strategy places high importance on the growth of health tourism since it is a response to the difficulties the Indonesian nation is currently experiencing, particularly concerning post-pandemic health and economic recovery.
The ministry has also kept up its cooperation with various parties to put into practice the four pillars of health tourism development: medical tourism, wellness tourism, health tourism based on sporting events, and scientific health tourism based on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions).
Uno stated, "Bali is a champion city and hub for medical tourism, and one of the places that have complete potential to be developed under the pillars of health tourism.
The minister outlined the efforts his ministry is undertaking to connect the tourism industry with the health industry in addition to fostering collaboration.
In addition to developing the National Action Plan (RAN) for Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism in Indonesia, efforts are made to assist and encourage Bali's existing hospitals and clinics to apply for the Minister of Health's Decree designating them as medical tourism health care facilities.
Then, he continued, "supporting the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry's program, which is currently developing the health exclusive economic zone in Sanur (Bali), and, as our quick win, urging regional governments to establish a collaborative entity body whose function is to coordinate, advocate, and carry out the policies and programs required in the context of health tourism development in their respective regions.
The Indonesian diaspora, particularly Indonesian doctors who work abroad and those with advanced knowledge, have been encouraged to return to Indonesia so that they can help the country's growing health tourism industry, the speaker continued.