BPJS Kesehatan partners with 30 ministries and local governments

BPJS Kesehatan
BPJS Kesehatan membership card. Photo: Rayi Gigih/IO

IO – BPJS Kesehatan (the Health Care and Social Security Agency) President Director Ali Ghufron Mukti states that the National Health Insurance (JKN) membership coverage will be expanded through collaboration with 30 ministries/agencies and local governments. 

“JKN membership is mandatory. It has been running for quite some time, since the enactment of Law No. 40 of 2004 Article 18, and it was strengthened by Presidential Regulation No.82 of 2018,” said Ali Ghufron, Monday (2/21/2022). 

The newly-implemented partnership with 30 ministries/agencies and local governments is also supported by Presidential Instruction No. 1/2022. 

Ali Ghufron said one of the forms of collaboration pursued by BPJS Kesehatan is membership requirement as a condition for public service administration, such as land sale and purchase. In this case, BPJS Kesehatan collaborates with the Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Ministry. “Land rights applicant or land buyer must be an active member of JKN-KIS (the National Health Insurance-the Indonesian Health Card),” he said. 

People who can buy land are considered financially capable, so they are encouraged to participate in the JKN-KIS program. Meanwhile, the economically disadvantaged will be determined by the social services in the area, based on the poverty classification applied in Indonesia. “So, there is no excuse for the financially disadvantaged to say they cannot afford it. We only need to process it, and it does take some time. So, now we start processing (the BPJS Kesehatan application) to build awareness of the people,” said Ali. 

The next collaboration will be with the National Police by implementing similar conditions for driving licenses (SIM), Vehicle Registration Certificates (STNK) and Police Records Certificates (SKCK) applications. Yet, this provision is still under discussion. 

The main goal of the collaboration, said Ali, is to require all Indonesians to acquire JKN-KIS membership, because healthcare is the right of the people. 

The expansion of JKN services is also regulated in the 2024 Medium-Term National Development Plan (RPJMN), aiming for 98 percent participation of the population. As of 2021, JKN had covered 235.7 million people, with a satisfaction index of above 80 percent. (eka)