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Data deficit denies Indonesia's poorest access to JKN

  • Ardila Syakriah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
The BPJS has stopped covering trastuzumab for patients treated under its state-funded National Health Insurance-Healthy Indonesia Card (JKN-KIS) scheme since April 1, arguing that the medication’s effectiveness was not empirically proven.(Shutterstock/File)

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Indonesia in March, South Tangerang, Banten, resident Tinto Arianto Wibowo's 2-year-old son's hospital visits became even more frequent, draining him financially. His son had long suffered fevers, coughing and a lump on his neck and the hospital advised him to go to another hospital as it suspected he had COVID-19. The pandemic, however, has prevented Tinto from taking on his usual side jobs, leaving him with only the Rp 2 million (US$138.32) per month he earns as an honorarium-based worker – barely enough to feed his family of five. He immediately signed his son up for a National Health Insurance (JKN) plan, which is run by the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan). The South Tangerang administration later included his son as a recipient of contribution assistance (PBI) for low-income patients whose JKN premiums are ful...