Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) President Director Ali Ghufron Mukti on Tuesday asked local governments thatwon the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Award to maintain the quality of health services in their regions."We expect local governments which have achieved the UHC Award to continue to maintain their achievement," he remarked at the awarding ceremony for the UHC Award to regional governments here on Tuesday. The UHC Award is expected to encourage local governments to increase the number of participants of BPJS Kesehatan so as to ensure health security for people across Indonesia. Mukti expressed the hope that local governments that received the awards would ensure the active participation of the community in the National Health Insurance (JKN) program, for instance, by paying the insurance premiums on time. In addition, he asked regional governments to improve the quality of services at health facilities serving JKN participants in their respective regions. "Thus, the health insurance program for the community can be carried out properly," he explained. For receiving the award, local governments were required to ensure that each person in their region had access to fair, equitable, and quality medical services, Mukti said. "Hence, we encourage other regional governments to immediately increase the coverage of the participation of the community in their regions in the JKN-Healthy Indonesia Cards (KIS) program," he added. One of the advantages of taking part in the JKN-KIS program is that it has the principle of portability and it can also be utilized by healthy people, he noted. In addition, the insurance program can be used by people to seek treatment in all regions of Indonesia, he informed. "(The operations of) our representative offices in each district and city are expected to strengthen synergy with the local governments. We are ready to collaborate and realize UHC in Indonesia together (with the regional governments)," he added. The UHC Awards were presented by Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to a number of local governments who supported the implementation of the JKN-KIS program.
Source: Antara News Agency