Jakarta joins national healthcare insurance plan

Jakarta joins national healthcare insurance plan

JAKARTA - The Jakarta Health Card (KJS) introduced by Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in 2011 has officially merged into the national health insurance (JKN) plan managed under the Social Security Providers (BPJS) programme, which takes effect in January.

To avoid administrative problems, the city administration will replace KJS cards with JKN cards.

"Within three months, we will replace the cards with JKN cards," Jakarta Health Agency head Dien Emmawati said during the implementation of the JKN programme in Jakarta at Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta on Wednesday.

As many as 3.5 million poor Jakartans have been registered as healthcare programme beneficiaries, 1.2 million of whom were registered as JKN programme recipients, while the remaining 2.3 million would be covered by the city administration.

KJS healthcare programme beneficiaries are entitled to free third-class medical services in incorporated hospitals in Jakarta. With the implementation of the National Social Security System (SJSN), KJS patients will also be able to access medical services in hospitals outside the capital.

"KJS patients can go to hospitals outside the capital as the SJSN takes effect there," Dien said.

The city administration also encouraged Jakarta residents to register on the JKN programme through community health centers (puskesmas).

The JKN programme sets the premium rate at Rp 19,225 (S$2) per person per month, lower than the Rp 23,000 per person per month set by the city administration in the KJS programme. The premium will be evaluated every two years.

However, Dien said medical rates applied in the programme had been increased by 53 per cent from last year.

The decision to increase the medical rates was based on the experience of the city administration applying the KJS programme, which had been a pilot project of the JKN last year.

A number of private hospitals incorporated in the KJS programme had complained over the previous medical rates, which were deemed too low.

Jokowi said residents could expect better services.

"We've applied the KJS healthcare programme for a year so we expect improvements as the JKN takes effect," he said.

During the national launch of JKN at Bogor Palace on Tuesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said starting from Jan. 1, as a first step the JKN programme would be delivered to 121 million people or 48 per cent of the Indonesian population.

Second, it was hoped all Indonesians could participate in the BPJS for health by Jan. 1, 2019, the President said.

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