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Jakarta Post

Govt to provide universal health coverage for all

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 13 2012   /  09:53 am

The central government is preparing for the implementation of universal health coverage for all as mandated in the Social Security Providers (BPJS) Law and expects to have the law’s executing body established and operational by January 2014.

Deputy Health Minister Ali Ghufron Mukti said preparations for the health security system were expected to be completed this year to allow for the January 2014 launch. Once the policy was implemented, he said, every Indonesian citizen would have health insurance.

“We have prepared the road map,” Ali said in Yogyakarta on Thursday, after officially opening a regional symposium on universal health coverage and equity, which was also attended by delegates from Australia, Cameroon, India and Thailand.

He added that by having health insurance, people would be healthier and more productive so that, in turn, the country’s nation...