The Jakarta Post
The Supreme Court has granted a judicial review of Presidential Regulation no. 75/2019 on health care security, effectively revoking the policy to increase the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
The court stated that point 1 and 2 in Article 34 of the regulation — which stipulated a 100 percent increase of BPJS Kesehatan premiums — contradicted a number of prevailing laws.
“[The article] is not legally binding,” Supreme Court spokesperson Agung Andi Samsan Nganro said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.
The judicial review petition was filed late last year by individuals grouped in the Hemodialysis Patients Community — a group among many members of the public who protested against the premium hike that they deemed too expensive.
The verdict of the country’s highest court has therefore rolled back the premium increase and reverted the BPJS premiums to their original prices prior to the issuance of the contentious regulation.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the regulation on Oct. 30 of last year, doubling the premium for the first-class and second-class service while increasing the premium for the third-class service by 64 percent.
The regulation has been awaited by BPJS Kesehatan – which manages the country’s national health insurance (JKN) – as the former was expected to help the state insurer overcome the perpetual financial losses they suffered. (rfa)