Indonesian health system reform no simple fix for inequity

In 2009, the Indonesian government enforced mandatory health spending to establish equitable health systems and enhance social security. The Law on Health (Law No. 36/2009) required governments to allocate at least 5 per cent of the national budget and 10 per cent of the local government budget to the health sector.

Air pollution shortening life spans by 5 years in Asia, study shows

Air pollution has been rapidly encroaching on the health and longevity of individuals, particularly in Asia. A startling study conducted by the Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) at the University of Chicago has provided alarming data that paints a grim picture: air pollution is reducing the life expectancy of people in some Asian countries by up to eight years.

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