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Increased National Health Insurance Contribution Must Be Followed by Improving Health Services

Jakarta, 03/09/2019 Ministry of Finance - Vice Minister of Finance Mardiasmo stated that the increase in the contribution of Class III National Health Insurance (JKN) for Non-Wage Participants (PBPU) from Rp25,500 to Rp42,000 must be followed by improvements services by Health Facilities (Faskes).
"We agree with Mr. Ichsan Firdaus (Golkar Party), Mr. Syamsul Bahri (Golkar Party Faction) and Mrs. Sumarjati Arjoso (Gerindra Party Faction) that the JKN contributions increase must be folowed by increased participation in the membership, especially for PBPU," the Vice Minister stated in the continuation of the meeting. Working Meeting (Raker) and Hearing Meeting (RDP) with the Chairperson of the National Social Security Board (DJSN) and the Director of Social Insurance Administration Organization (BPJS) on Monday (02/09) in the DPR's Commission XI Meeting Room.
The agenda of the meeting was to continue the discussion of the Working Meeting on August 27, 2019, namely the Follow-up of the Indonesia's National Government Internal Auditor (BPKP) Audit results on BPJS, as well as the JKN Grand Design and Roadmap for 2019-2024 including financing innovations in order to ensure the sustainability of the National Health Insurance (JKN).
The Vice Minister of Finance hopes that with the increase in fees, the Health Insurance Administering Board (BPJS) will no longer face cash-flow problems so that it can make payments for health facilities claims in a timely manner, and in turn the health facilities can improve their services well. Vice Minister of Finance hopes that this increase can further support the sustainability of the Social Security Fund (DJS) in medium term.
He emphasized, the BPJS Kesehatan must attempt harder to increase the level active PBPU. At the end of 2018 the level active PBPU has only reached 53.72 percent. The Vice Minister also hoped that through a higher level of active PBPU, it would improve BPJS Health's risk pooling by increasing the number of participants with lower health risks.
This increase has considered Ability to Pay (ATP) or the ability to pay the community is expected to not burdening the community. The Vice Minister of Finance also advised that the increase in fees requires good socialization to the community.
The Vice Minister also mentioned the importance of evaluating the 5 years of JKN program implementation and redesigning the JKN program going forward. According to the Vice Minister, BPKP audit results can be used as a reference in the redesign. BPKP's findings and recommendations related to membership and contribution management, health insurance benefit costs, and strategic purchasing are important elements of JKN redesign. (nug/hpy/nr)