As we’ve reported before, the central government has begun implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI) program under the management of the Social Insurance Implementing Body for Health (BPJS Kesehatan). The first phase of the roll out involves enrolling 76 million poor who were previously covered under the tax-funded health insurance program called Jamkesmas. This is already a problem given that Jamkesmas’ coverage was patchy and left many who actually needed health coverage uninsured. To compensate for Jamkesmas’ lack of coverage, many local governments decided to develop their own local-budget-funded health programs known as Jamkesda. One of such programs is the now famous Jakarta Healthy Card (KJS).
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