Patients rest in a hospital in Makassar, South Sulawesi province
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Can Indonesia's national health insurance plan work?

The Indonesian government will introduce the world's biggest health care scheme in 2014 by setting up an insurance fund to cover all 240 million of its citizens.

It will take five years to roll out completely but eventually the idea is that everyone will be able to get health care that is free at the point of use.

It is an incredibly ambitious plan for a middle income country.

But as Claire Bolderson discovered on the Island of Sulewesi, one of the biggest in the Indonesian archipelago, the existing under-funded, under-resourced health system is already feeling the strain.

Find out more: Listen to the full report on the BBC World Service programme Assignment on Thursday 7 November 2013.

  • 06 Nov 2013