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Jakarta Post

Watchdog demands data improvement

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 19 2009   /  01:05 pm

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) demanded Friday the government improve its database on the poor who are eligible for the community health insurance scheme (Jamkesmas). "The data, which was released by the Health Ministry in 2008, contains a lot of inaccuracies that exclude many poor people from the list of eligible candidates for the government-run health insurance scheme," ICW researcher Ratna Kusuma told The Jakarta Post over the phone. Ratna criticized the government for only increasing the number of those eligible for the scheme without making any effort to develop a database on Indonesia's poor people. The government plans to expand Jamkesmas recipients to also include inmates, natural disaster victims, orphans and neglected elderly. The Health Ministry's head of Jamkesmas Center, Chalik Masulili, said Thursday that recommendations from penitentiary wardens woul...