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Jakarta Post

BPJS premium increase stirs controversy

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 2, 2019   /  09:16 am
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The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) requires National Health Insurance (JKN) participants to, in some cases, obtain referrals from community health centers (Puskesmas) or clinics to be eligible for hospital checkups.(Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

The government’s plan to raise the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which manages Indonesia’s national health insurance (JKN), has elicited a mixed response from the public. For many, a hike cannot be justified amid the lack of adequate services and the complicated referral system patients have to go through to get specialized treatment, while others support the planned increase on the condition that services will be improved. “If the problem stems from noncompliant participants that rarely pay any premiums, why do we have to shoulder the burden?” said 26-year-old Mega Pratidina, a resident from Surabaya, East Java, who regularly contributes to her mother’s BPJS Kesehatan premium for first-class service. Similarly, 27-year-old Mayarani, who works for a private company in Jakarta and also foots the premium bil...