Health insurance to cover all Indonesians


“…The landmark programme launched on Dec 31 could prove to be a key legacy of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration in his final year in office. It currently covers 121.6 million poor and unemployed Indonesians and public servants, and will be compulsory for all 250 million Indonesians by January 2019”

….”The scheme will assure lower-income Indonesians such as Mr Paimin of free outpatient and Class III treatment – the lowest category of care in Singapore and other countries – at hospitals and clinics for a mere 25,500 rupiah a month. The bottom third of citizens – some 86.4 million who fall below or close to the poverty line – are exempt from the premiums. Another 35.2 million, including civil servants, soldiers and policemen, will also be included in the scheme, bringing the number of insured to 121.6 million. Coverage is meant to be comprehensive. It covers birth and maternity cases, as well as those who are already ill or getting treatment. But, it is basic.

“….Dr Nafsiah said officials can use easy-to-understand approaches to get the message out: “Last time when we fell very ill, our whole family donated money. But with BPJS, everyone across Indonesia becomes family. They will pay your medical expenses when you are ill. This is the way we explain how insurance works.” ”

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