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Jakarta Post

Public participation crucial in sustaining universal health services

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 28, 2019   /  02:40 pm
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A customer seeks service from an office of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) in Jakarta.(Courtesy of/

The government needs to enforce the mandatory status of the National Health Insurance (JKN) in a bid to maintain public participation in the service and improve health facilities’ readiness as the insurance program sees its premiums rise next month. “We lack doctors, especially medical specialists, and hospitals are not ready to meet the public’s needs from the JKN program,” University of Indonesia (UI) public health expert Hasbullah Thabrany told The Jakarta Post on Dec. 27. While shortages in medical supplies are relatively easy to replenish, Hasbullah said, the lack of specialists in Indonesia could potentially hamper the JKN program. “If we want to be realistic in providing health services for all, we could hire foreign medical specialists to cover current shortages. Offer them maybe five-year contracts while we increase our specialist...