There should be no more Indonesians without health coverage: President

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has stated that after the implementation of the National Health Insurance (JKN) managed under the Social Security Providers (BPJS) programme starting from Jan.1, 2014, no more Indonesian people should be living without health coverage.

"Through the BPJS for the health and manpower sectors, I hope that I will no longer hear about workers without insurance and that there are people who cannot receive medical treatment due to financial reasons," said Yudhoyono in his remarks at the official launch of the JKN programme and the BPJS for the Health sector at the Bogor Palace on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

The President said that from now on, the poor could get treatment free of charge at community health centers (Puskesmas) and hospitals by using the JKN mechanism, which was organised under the BPJS for the health sector.

"This is the government's response to the people's wishes. With such a service, there should be no more issues for people to obtain health coverage," said Yudhoyono.

He said that starting from Jan.1, 2014, as a first step, the JKN programme would be delivered to 121 million people or 48 per cent of the Indonesian population.

"This is the biggest ever leap that has been taken by Indonesia since its independence. The service's coverage cannot be matched by any insurance companies," Yudhoyono said.

In the second stage, he said, it was hoped that all of Indonesian people could participate in the BPJS for Health sector on Jan.1, 2019.

President Yudhoyono said the BPJS for Health sector could hopefully provide proper health insurance and care services for its members.

"Meanwhile the BPJS for Manpower will take effect on July 1, 2015. Before the date, [state-owned insurance company] PT Jamsostek will still provide services to their premium holders except for health care services that have been transferred to the BPJS for Health sector," said Yudhoyono.

First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, Vice President Boediono and wife Herawati Boediono and several Cabinet ministers were present at the official launch of BPJS. They included People's Welfare Coordinating Minister Agung Laksono, Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto, Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi and State Secretary Sudi Silalahi.