If you have an emergency in Jakarta, you can dial 1-1-8—Jakarta’s 911. But it’s iffy whether an ambulance will be able to get to you in time.
In this city of 10 million people, over 1,000 died in traffic accidents in 2010 (2x as many as Seoul); thousands more died of heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses or injuries. Prompt transport to the hospital might have saved them—but Jakarta’s ambulances are woefully overburdened.
Clogged roads are partly to blame for an average response time of 37 minutes, but another issue is that many of the city ambulances were dedicated to patient transfers, rather than emergencies, back in 2012.