Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Government will intensify a movement called "GerakanPesiar" to increase National Health Insurance (JKN) participation, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (PMK)Muhadjir Effendyhas said."In order to ensure that all Indonesians participate in the health social security program, the Coordinating Ministry for PMK, together with the National Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS) Health and related ministries/institutions, will intensify the 'Gerakan Pesiar'," he informed at the "Awarding Ceremony of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)" to regional governments in Jakarta on Tuesday. The 'Gerakan Pesiar' involves mapping, tracing, advocating, and registering residents for the JKN program in all villages and sub-districts of Indonesia, he said. "Starting from the mapping, which is mapping data population, tracing, or visiting areas according to the mapping result, advocating or program socialization together with village officials to the community, and registering the community for the JKN program," he expounded. Effendy noted that in 2022, the number of visits of JKN participants to health facilities reached 502.8 million or 1.4 million visits per day. "This shows that the residents benefited from the JKN program," he said. In 10 years, the membership of the health social security program has reached 252.17 million, or 90.79 percent of the total population, he highlighted. "However, the government continues to push for an increase in national health insurance coverage to 98 percent of Indonesia's total population by 2024," Effendy said. Meanwhile, at the ceremony on Tuesday, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin handed over awards to a number of local governments who have supported the JKN program as a national strategic program by encouraging universal health coverage in Indonesia. BPJS Health President Director Ali Ghufron Mukti urged local governments who received the UHC award to continue to maintain their achievements. Regional governments are also expected to ensure active JKN participation by the communities in their region and jointly work to increase the quality of services provided at health facilities that serve JKN participants, he said.
Source: Antara News Agency