Govt, Businesses Agree on BPJS Insurance Premium Payments

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  • Wakil Menkes Ali Ghufron Mukti. ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf

    Wakil Menkes Ali Ghufron Mukti. ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government, represented by the Health Ministry, and the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) have come to an agreement on the insurance premium payments for the state’s social security program (BPJS), which amounts to five percent of a worker’s salary. 

    Since the beginning, the government has stipulated that five percent of a worker’s salary will be taken for premium payments under the BPJS program. 

    "The government proposed a 4:1 ratio and Apindo agreed," Deputy Health Minister Ali Ghufron Mukti told Tempo on Wednesday. 

    With this ratio, added Ghufron, companies will be obligated to pay four percent out of workers’ salaries for BPJS insurance premium payments and workers will only need to pay one percent. This ratio will be applied to workers who earn a minimum of Rp2.2 million per month. 

    Meanwhile, Apindo chairman Sofjan Wanadi said his institute has approved of this ratio as they "cannot fight against the law" despite workers demanding they do not want to pay for their BPJS insurance premium. However, Sofjan added that although he has not received a response from labor unions, he hopes they will want to set some of their wages aside as it is for the sake of their own health. 

    NURUL MAHMUDAH