State-owned healthcare insurance covers 83.94 percent of Indonesians

The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has revealed that 83.94 percent of the population, or 221 million people, are registered under the National Health Insurance and Healthy Indonesia Card (JKN-KIS) program.

The state-owned agency’s customer service and expansion director, Andayani Budi Lestari, explained that about 32 million people were registered as employees of private companies.

“There are 265,455 companies that have taken part in the JKN-KIS program,” she said as quoted by at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) after signing a cooperation agreement with the IDX on adding new members to BPJS Kesehatan.

Under the agreement, BPJS Kesehatan will provide the IDX with data about prospective investors and companies at the bourse, while the IDX will provide BPJS Kesehatan with data on potential members of its health insurance program.

The cooperation aims to encourage companies and their employees to take part in the JKN-KIS program, as required by law, Andayani said.

She said the cooperation agreement would also help BPJS Kesehatan to disseminate program information to companies listed on the IDX, including those expecting initial public offerings (IPOs).

“Our target is all companies already listed on the IDX and those wanting to join the bourse,” Andayani added. (bbn)