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Health Ministry sets aside Rp46.464 trillion for health insurance aid

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The Indonesian government has allocated a budget of Rp46.464 trillion for fund assistance recipients (PBI) of the National Health Insurance (JKN) program for 2022, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said.

"We have prepared an average assistance of Rp40 thousand per month for 96.8 million people, thus the total budget will be Rp46.464 trillion," he informed during a meeting with the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI), which was accessed online from here on Wednesday.

The allocation calculation was carried out by the National Development Planning Ministry, Finance Ministry, and Health Ministry, he said.

Still, the exact amount of the funds will be determined later according to data inputs from the Social Affairs Ministry before being verified by the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), he added.

"Insya Allah (God willing), the amount may be determined in November (2021), thus the assistance may be disbursed based on the data submitted by the Social Affairs Ministry," the minister stated.

Furthermore, he informed that there has been a decrease in the number of recipients, according to a periodic verification carried out by the Social Affairs Ministry.

"As the number of recipients has declined, the amount of JKN subsidy paid by the Health Ministry to BPJS Kesehatan has also decreased," he said.

Out of the 268 million people in Indonesia, 214 million have been registered under the National Health Insurance (JKN) program, Sadikin noted.

He said that 120 million JKN participants have been subsidized by the central and regional governments.

Meanwhile, the remaining 94 million participants comprise 58.9 million salaried employees, 31 million non-salaried employees, and 4.37 million non-employees.

"The data shows that the coverage of JKN can be increased for an additional 54 million people," the minister said.

Therefore, he urged individuals, state-owned enterprises (SOEs), and the private sector to help fund the JKN program so that more people can be covered by it.  (Antaranews)

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