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Tobacco tax to cover public healthcare deficit: Ministry

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, December 8, 2017 | 03:08 pm
Tobacco tax to cover public healthcare deficit: Ministry This handout photograph shows the registration desk at the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) in Jakarta. (Courtesy of/

Finance Deputy Minister Mardiasmo has said the government would start setting aside revenues from the tobacco excise duty next year to fund the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which has suffered a deficit since the program kicked off in 2013.

As reported by, Mardiasmo assured on Thursday that the agency's cash flow was secure through the yearend, after which the government would disburse fund to cover a shortage of Rp 9 trillion (US$630 million).

He added that the government had disbursed Rp 7.8 trillion for this year's deficit and an additional Rp 2.1 trillion to pay the January 2018 premiums of low-income health insurance participants.

Read also: BPJS expected to suffer Rp 9t deficit this year: Official

BPJS Kesehatan president director Fachmi Idris hoped that the plan to reallocate tobacco excise revenues to cover the agency's shortfall would not become embroiled in public debate.

“There is nothing wrong with the idea to use the tobacco excise duty to finance the healthcare program,” Fachmi said, adding that it was an option to provide a sustainable financial resource for the healthcare program, even if the number of smokers continued to decrease.

The BPJS Kesehatan's deficit has always been covered by state funding according to Law No. 24/2011, which stipulates that the agency's income must come from insurance premiums and government assistance.

The government has disbursed Rp 18.84 trillion from 2013 to 2016 to support the agency. (bbn)

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