YLKI Suggests Steps to Prevent BPJS Kesehatan Premium Increase



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia – YLKI) asserted that the increasing premium for the Health Social Security  (BPJS Kesehatan) has triggered counter-productive issues for the health services itself.

    Head of YLKI Daily Committee Tulus Abadi, said that there are at least two counter-productive issues that can be identified, which are: class downgrade by BPJS Kesehatan subscribers, and higher premium overdue especially from the independent category.

    "If the two phenomenon continues, then it will erode BPJS Kesehatan financial condition entirely, Tulus said in a press release on Friday, November 1, 2019.

    Tulus argued that the government and BPJS Kesehatan management should have taken strategic steps before increasing the premium. Tulus said that there are three steps that can be taken.

    The first step according to Tulus, is to clean up the Premium Aid Beneficiary (PBI) data. Because, Tulus stated that currently, most of the PBI are off the mark.

    "Many financially capable people become a PBI. On the field, may PBI were taking part because of their close relation to local authorities," Tulus added.

    If the data cleanup is conducted effectively, BPJS participant from the Class III independent category can be subscribed as PBI members.

    The second strategic step is to encourage all companies to subscribe to BPJS Kesehatan, or conducte an audit on companies that manipulate its number of employees.

    The third step, Tulus explained, is to allocate the increase in cigarette excise directly for BPJS Kesehatan. This step is to follow up the recent cigarette excise increase applied by the Ministry of Finance.

    "If the three point are to be carried out, an extreme increase in BPJS Kesehatan premium would not be necessary. Or at least [the increase] would not have reached 100 percent," Tulus said.