Karawang hospital delays paying doctors as BPJS owes Rp 6.6 billion
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Thu, September 6, 2018 / 10:49 am
The management of private hospital Karya Husada in Karawang, West Java, has issued a letter for its doctor specialists and dentists about their late honorariums as a result of unpaid claims from the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
A screenshot of the letter dated Sept. 4 was posted by Pundi Ferianto, the hospital director, on his Facebook account on Tuesday. It has been making the rounds on social media.
The Facebook post has been shared by around 7,600 and garnered more than 2,600 comments as of Wednesday night.
Pundi, who signed the letter, stated that the agency had yet to pay its claims for June and July, all of which are due in September.
The total in unpaid claims amounts to Rp 6.6 billion (US$447,271).
The hospital management promised to pay the doctors' honorariums in the third week of September or after the agency fulfills its obligation, as stated in the letter.
BPJS Kesehatan spokesperson M. Iqbal Anas Ma’ruf told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the agency was aware of the statement made by Pundi and that the Karawang chapter of BPJS Kesehatan had coordinated directly with the hospital.
“We acknowledged there was a delay in the claim payment but we’re committed to paying it,” he said, adding that the agency had proposed that the hospital implement a supply chain financing scheme to maintain liquidity.
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With the scheme, a bank as the hospital’s partner would deal with the invoices.
Since its establishment in 2014, BPJS Kesehatan has been running a yearly deficit, with the latest being Rp 10 trillion last year. The deficit is due to its collected contributions being lower than its health insurance costs. (sau)