Jakarta Post : State-owned insurance company PT Askes is ready to implement its national healthcare program, which will cover 121.6 million people as of Jan.1, 2014. The health insurance will be made available in stages for all eligible Indonesians through 2019.
Askes president director Fahmi Idris said Thursday that Askes had prepared the necessary infrastructure to serve all those who would be insured. It would also offer maximum benefits as stipulated in relevant regulations, he added.
“There will be 121.6 million people covered by the first stage of the program. They include 96.7 million beneficiaries currently covered by government-funded community health coverage; 8 million workers covered by state-owned insurance company PT Jamsostek, and 5 million civil servants who are already covered by Askes,” said Fahmi, having received data on Jamsostek’s assets and the workers participating in its healthcare program.
Askes was appointed as the implementing agency of the Social Security Providers (BPJS) Law for the health sector, which was mandated by the 2004 National Social Security System (SJSN) Law.
Fahmi said all employers were required to register their workers for the health insurance program at an Askes office. He added that employees were also allowed to register themselves in person. A recent verdict issued by the Constitutional Court following a judicial review of the 2004 law stated that employees could register their participation in the health insurance program at the expense of their companies.
The government has also issued Government Regulation No.101/2012 on premium beneficiaries, which stipulates that the state will cover insurance premiums for people on low incomes, but it has yet to decide the exact amount of the premium.
The National Social Security Board (DJSN) proposed that each premium should cost Rp 27,000 (US$2.79) per person per month while the Health Ministry suggested Rp 22.500. Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has insisted that the government could afford to pay premiums of Rp 15,500 per person per month. (ebf)
source : Jakartapost