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Jakarta Post

Activists demand better services after drastic JKN premium hike

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 18, 2020   /  03:49 pm
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A Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) staff member serves a customer at the agency's office in Jakarta on Nov. 6, 2019.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The new hike in premiums for the deficit-stricken national health insurance (JKN) should be followed by better health services for all policyholders, activists have said. The higher premiums will be effective in July and are stipulated in a presidential regulation issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo roughly two months after the Supreme Court annulled an earlier regulation to increase the premiums. The premium for the first-class services from Rp 80,000 (US$5.33) to Rp 150,000 per month per person, while almost doubling the premium for second-class services from Rp 51,000 to Rp 110,000. The premium for the third-class service was increased by a smaller amount, from Rp 25,500 to Rp 42,000, and the government will provide a Rp 7,000 subsidy for this service category, so participants only have to pay Rp 35,000. The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kes...