A Descriptive Study: Assignment Area Preferences (Provinces) of Doctors and Dentists Who Participate in the Non-Permanent Personnel Appointment Program (PTT)


The lack of health workers in remote and rural areas is a worldwide concern. To solve this problem, the Indonesia Ministry of Health performed a program named Non-Permanent Personnel Appointment for doctors and dentists who serve in health centers throughout Indonesia, except for the islands of Java and Bali. It is aimed to fulfill the need for health workers in disadvantaged areas, borders, and islands as well as in areas that were lacking doctors and dentists. This research was a descriptive study using secondary data from PTT applicants in the Bureau of Personnel in the Ministry of Health from 2010 to 2015, which aimed to identify the doctors’ and dentists’ choices of location (provinces) as areas of assignments. The result showed that at the national level, each year, the number of doctor applicants always exceeded the formation, while the structure of dentists still exceeded the number of applicants, except in 2013. West Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Central Kalimantan, and Papua were provinces that were lacking doctor applicants, while Riau, Kepulauan Riau, South Sulawesi, West Sumatra, North Maluku, and Maluku were provinces with sufficient,
even abundant number of dentist applicants. Conclusion: the number of doctors who applied for PTT was quite high, but the distribution was uneven (the island of Sumatera had the most senior applicants), while the number of dentists who applied for PTT was still less than the demand.

Keywords: Non-permanent personnel appointment (PTT); doctors PTT; dentists PTT; rural; remote

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