Preserving health facilities for everyone

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The state has scheduled to double the premiums for their universal healthcare system to tackle a rapidly rising deficit experienced during the first five years of its operation that taxpayers have to pay now. It will be an unpopular choice, but courageous steps are required to preserve health facilities for everyone.

Universal healthcare system of Indonesia, covering dental care, medicine, physiotherapy, and chronic care, is one of the most gracious and biggest in many respects. It has covered over 223 million individuals and has intended to serve 90% of the country’s 270 million inhabitants. While the system has effectively delivered healthcare services to more individuals, its facilities and funding are shrinking.

Presidential Regulation No 82/2018 enables for a two-year adjustment of insurance premiums. Nevertheless, the plan to raise them, agreed by multiple public stakeholders ranging from the Ministry of Finance to Vice President Jusuf Kalla, has spurred criticism, especially by politicians who insist that premium hikes must run in conjunction with enhanced quality of health facilities.

Quality is one thing, but insurance management is another urgent problem to be tackled to ensure that universal health care is more efficient and sustainable. According to a detailed audit carried out by the Development Finance Comptroller, hospitals have overestimated their class category so that they can charge more and higher premiums, while businesses understate their workers ‘ numbers and wages so that they can pay lesser premiums.

Acknowledging these two problems alone would drastically boost the finances of BPJS Kesehatan, as would raising awareness among non-wage respondents who have placed a heavy strain on the organization by registering only when ill and not paying premiums when healthy.

When it comes to price increase, nothing is ever easy, but accountability is evident. BPJS Kesehatan requires more revenue to provide health services to Indonesian people that they deserve. Having said that, to make its activities more efficient and effective for a healthier and more productive Indonesia, BPJS Kesehatan requires to improve monitoring and implementation.

Shreyas Tanna

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The winner of Mr. Pune 2009 Pageant, Mr. Shreyas Tanna is currently the young, dashing, and dynamic CEO of a market research company called Research N Reports in Pune. Fondly known as RNR, the company specializes in market research as well as industry analysis, and is closely associated with its parent company Absolute Markets Insights (AMI). Mr. Shreyas Tanna began his corporate journey as the Head of Corporate sales & PR at RED Entertainment while pursuing his degree for MMS (Marketing) from the MGM College of Management, Mumbai. After accomplishing the tedious task of balancing his work and education, he further polished his skills in Corporate Sales, Public Relations, Channel Development, Global Client Engagement, Strategic Consulting, and Brand Development by working with HDFC Life and ResearchMoz Global Pvt. Ltd. His dedication towards his work has even won him accolades such as the National Level Performer 2013 – HDFC Life and Mr. ResearchMoz 2015. A disciplined individual with a loving heart, he is often seen taking crisp walks with an engrossed look and a gentle smile within the premises of his company to interact with the various departments. And he will be usually followed by an adorable trail of his beloved trio of Shih Tzu babies proudly known as Gucci, Drake, and Paris. The most enticing thing that you will notice about this content and proud pet parent is his infectious positivity and the firm belief in his eyes, a reflection of his favorite quote, “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!”

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