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Pandora’s Box of providing JKN

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 12, 2019   /  12:30 pm
Pandora’s Box of providing JKN A customer seek service from an office of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) in Jakarta. (Courtesy of/

The third of five presidential candidate debates is slated for March 17. Both candidates, the incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, with running mate Ma’ruf Amin, and Prabowo Subianto, with Sandiaga Uno, are no doubt preparing materials to give their best performance. A central topic of the third debate is to be health. After five years, the National Health Insurance (JKN) operated by the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), has faced several hiccups. Amid election tensions, it would not be surprising if issues around the JKN arise even more. Some bombastic statements around health have been made by Jokowi’s rival. In Prabowo’s speech entitled “Indonesia triumphs”, Prabowo claimed the financial difficulties of BPJS Kesehatan had greatly affected the quality of hospital services. He has also remarked: “Doctors&rs...

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