chapter  5
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Good Doctors, Safer Patients, Improved Access: the Case of Indonesia

Governance of the health workforce is an important and pressing issue internationally as demonstrated by major reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO) (2006), World Bank (2008) and in the United Kingdom (UK) (Department of Health 2006, Esmail 2005). We share the view of leading scholars in the field that the ‘objective of good global health governance is to strengthen healthcare delivery systems in the developing world with an emphasis on the importance of primary health care’ (Sridhar, Khagram and Pang 2008/2009). Thus this chapter focuses on the key medical workforce governance challenges faced by Indonesia, one of the largest and most populous developing countries in the world.