UNAIR NEWS – The Indonesian government is planning to raise the premiums of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan). That statement has been officially issued in Presidential Regulation No. 19/2016 and it is fully effective as of April 1. This policy has evoked various responses from public.
According to the health and policy administrations expert, Dr. Djazuli Chalidyanto, S.KM., M.ARS, premium raise must be followed with improvements on health risks’ control and healthcare facility services.
The key factor to controlling health risks, as Djazuli said, is implementing clean and healthy behaviors (PHBS). If people do not implement clean and healthy behaviors, the health risk stays high. As a result, BPJS Kesehatan would accumulate deficit eventhough the premium was raised repeatedly.
“The government through Ministry of Health has to control the risk factors by promotive and preventive health care. We should prioritize clean and healthy behaviors such as quitting smoking and doing exercises regularly,” Djazuli told to reporter.
“However, BPJS Kesehatan’s budget will never meet our needs. Say, two years from now, the government will raise the premium. It won’t solve the problem until they control the risk factors. So, efforts on both of them must be carried out simultaneously,” Djazuli added.
Regarding healthcare service, Djazuli hoped that the government will continue to revitalize health center facilities. All this time, limited healthcare facilities that cooperate with BPJS Kesehatan do not make healthcare service run optimally. An obvious example can be seen from long queues of patient in hospitals.
The Head of Indonesian Public Health Association (IAKMI) says that healthcare services must be improved on three areas. First, number of facilities and medical personnel. Second, discrepancies of distribution channel. Third, quality of service is not optimal.
Nevertheless, Djazuli supports the government’s plan. Djazuli suggested people to pay the premium routinely. He also suggested corporate sector to register their employees for BPJS Kesehatan.
Currently, these premiums range from Rp 59,500 per month for first-class healthcare facilities, Rp 42,500 per month for second-class facilities, and Rp 25,500 per month for third-class facilities. Based on Presidential Regulation no. 19/2016 about health national insurances, the premium of BPJS Kesehatan will be raised. Starting on April 1, 2016, the premium will be Rp 80,000, Rp 51,000, and Rp30,000 consecutively.
Author: Defrina Sukma S
Editor: Nuri Hermawan