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Jakarta Post

Officials mull ways to keep JKN afloat amid deficit

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Residents wait in line at the Health Care and Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) office in Matraman, Central Jakarta On Nov. 11, 2019. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The government is facing calls from experts to facilitate more sustainable health financing to keep the National Health Insurance (JKN) afloat, with a deeper funding deficit looming even as the government continues to battle the COVID-19 health crisis.   Athia Yumna, research and outreach deputy director at the SMERU Research Institute, emphasized during an online discussion on July 29 that sustainable financing was the key determinant to solving the national health insurer's long-standing deficit.   She recommended, for example, that the government impose a sin tax on cigarettes, shift the JKN subsidy from full to partial coverage, and boost public-private partnerships to expand fiscal space.   In addition, she said that having centralized procurement and supply management through greater use of electronic inventory systems and implementing the Healt...