ASEAN Foundation and Philips collaborate to assist health care

The ASEAN Foundation and Royal Philips Electronics reported on their latest roundtable discussion on “Healthcare Affordability: Delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare to rural communities” in support of sustainable primary and secondary healthcare needs in ASEAN.

Participants at the forum, held in Surabaya, East Java on 26 July, discussed the current situation of healthcare in non-urban Indonesia, focusing on identifying the meaning of affordability and value to healthcare providers in the front-line.

The Surabaya event is one of a series of round-table discussions under a joint collaboration between the ASEAN Foundation and Philips with the goal of building a platform for the private sector to assist in the delivering of affordable healthcare in the region. Further roundtables are to be held in Vietnam and the Philippines.

“Amidst the intrinsic diversity between countries in this region, there is a growing effort to learn that people is the center of healthcare development. Collaborative efforts between private, government and public sectors to implement new technology and strong advocacy of the patient-physician will lead the battle to obtain affordable and better access to healthcare for Indonesian people.” said Dr Makarim Wibisono, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation.

UPDATE: The Phillipines Roundtable of the Philips - ASEAN Foundation Discussion on Healthcare Affordability is being held on 9 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City.