Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Problems in data updating for members of People’s Health Insurance seemed to repeat year after year. The Government was asked to keep watch on around 20 million poor who could not get medical service since they were deprived of their right to health insurance because they were unregistered. The membership scope for Jamkesmas Health Insurance was set at 76.4 million people. Yet based on PPLS 2011 data released by TNP2K and the Central Board of Statistics, the number of poor people who deserved to get Jamkesmas health insurance services was posted at 96.7 million people. This was disclosed by Herkini Amran, number of Panja Jamkesmas on Commission IX of House at the House of Representatives.

According to Amran, quota for Jamkesmas members for 2013 would be increased to 86.4 million people. In the next two years, i.e. 2012 to 2013 there would be around 20 million people whose health insurance tend to be ignored by the state. The question was, who would bear their health expenses when they were sick while Jamkesmas insurance did not cover them yet Jamkesmas continued to rise year after year?

From 2008 to 2010 consecutively the Government had spent fund of Rp 4.6 trillion in 2008. Rp 4.6 trillion in 2009, Rp 6.1 trillion in 2009, Rp 5.1 trillion in 2010 and Rp 6,3 trillion in 2011. Meanwhile in 2012 there was additional fund for Jamkesmas in 2012 there was additional fund for Jamkesmas Plus Maternity insurance until the total value reached Rp 7,4 trillion.

Cases of Jamkesmas being rejected by hospitals kept happening and the blame was put on Parliament. How many more house members must advocate poor people who were suffering in plan because they were deprived of their right by the Government.

The Government was reminded to prepare reserve Jamkesmas fund to anticipate cases of rejection of poor patients in hospitals because their health insurance was not in the database. It became imperative that Government made overall evaluation advanced state was quality of health if its people. Hopefully the condition of Poor People Forbidden to be Sick would never happen in Indonesia. For that matter it was necessary for the Government to make comprehensive data compiling toward implementation of the BPJS Health without willing problems.

There were still problems of inaccurate Jamkesmas patient data of the years before. This was because data of Jamkesmas patient still referred to survey result of 2005 and 2008.

Besides, the Central Government only stipulated the quota, while it was the regional Government who designated the people based on the criteria of the respective regions. This accounted for inaccuracy of target or targets which were no longer accurate such as insurance holders had died, new people born, change of social status etc.      

 Business News - July 11, 2012

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