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'How are we going to pay for that?' Families raise objections to increase of BPJS premiums

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 3, 2019   /  06:52 pm
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Hold tight: A patient and a member of Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) is pushed in a wheelchair by a family member after undergoing a medical check-up at the Bahteramas Hospital in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. (Antara/Jojon)

For many families in Indonesia, money struggles are often kept private. However, in the past few days discussions have emerged in public and on social media surrounding the financial troubles that lie ahead for households trying to pay National Health Insurance (JKN) premiums. The concerns were raised after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday signed a new presidential regulation (Perpres) on healthcare security. It included a significant rise of premiums for BPJS Kesehatan ─ which manages Indonesia’s national health insurance ─ that are to take effect next year. For Yulian Juita, 30, who lives with her husband and her 11-month-old son in Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, the higher premiums are a serious problem as she relies a lot on the JKN. The insurance has helped her many times, especially when she gave birth to her first child, Hernan, in December l...