TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has teamed up with four state-owned banks; namely BNI, BRI, Bank Mandiri, and BTN, to finance private health facility billing through a program called the Supply Chain Financing (SCF).
“We’re working with four banks partnering with the BPJS Kesehatan to run the SCF program in a bid to maintain health facility liquidity, particularly those owned by private companies, and to ensure that healthcare services are delivered to BPJS Kesehatan members,” acting president director of BPJS Kesehatan Fachmi Idris said Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
The SCF program aims at speeding up claims of healthcare bills by taking over invoices before the due date.
“The regulation requires the payment to be completed in 15 days. However, hospitals want the money to be disbursed in three days. So, banks will bail the payment with BPJS claims as the guarantees,” Fachmi explained.
Fachmi added that hospitals would need the BPJS Kesehatan claims immediately to procure medicines, medical equipment, medical services and other operations. Therefore, it is expected that the SCF program will be soon realized.
“Hopefully, the Supply Chain Financing program can be immediately realized so that the healthcare bills can be paid in a timely manner, and hospital cash flows will be maintained,” Fachmi said.