Indonesia’s New Healthy Paradigm: The Impact of Promotional and Preventive Versus Curative Factors on Health

Applied Research Capstone
Jan Blustein and Dick Netzer
Helena Mariadason, Ximena Morgan, Ephraim Shapiro, Kiyoko Takeda

In 1998 the Indonesian Ministry of Health introduced a new health policy strategy called Healthy Indonesia 2010. This policy is based on the application of the new Healthy Paradigm, which focuses resources on promotional and preventive efforts over curative and rehabilitative services. The assumption is that focusing on promotional services, such as public health, will yield a larger long-term effect on the health of Indonesians than by investing on curative services like health care facilities. The Capstone team investigated this assumption using data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS) conducted by the Rand Corporation. Using regression analysis, the Capstone team used a variety of household, community, and individual level variables involving both promotional and curative factors to evaluate the validity of the Healthy Paradigm as a way of improving the health of all Indonesians.