To mitigate the potential loss, we need to improve health services and the insurance system.

The potential loss to Indonesia from non-communicable diseases between 2015 and 2035 is a massive IDR 71,000 trillion. Evidence & Analytics, a Manchester-based health research institute explained that the loss is an accrual of medical expenses and other expenses arising as a result of these diseases, including the loss of productivity among working-age patients.

Director of Evidence & Analytics, Maria Fajarini, said that non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) and diabetes are the most deadly of diseases, and affect the working population. She said that to mitigate the potential loss, we need to improve health services and the insurance system.