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House rejects JKN health insurance hike for poor

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  12:15 am

Healthcare customers: People wait in the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) office in Matraman, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. The agency estimates that 30 percent of its members will downgrade their membership status in response to the government plan to increase premiums next year.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan) Members of the House of Representatives are objecting to an increase in national health insurance (JKN) premiums, especially for participants in the third class, the lowest class in the scheme.On Wednesday night, the House held a hearing with the insurer, the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), and the Health Ministry to discuss a recent presidential decision to increase the premiums.Dewi Asmara, a member of Commission IX overseeing health and manpower from the Golkar Party, said that they disagreed with the government's decision to keep increasing...