Indonesia: Nationwide health insurance for the poor

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nurseIndonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has inaugurated the commencement of a nationwide health insurance scheme for poor people that came into effect on January 1, 2014, with initial service for 48 per cent or 121 million of the country’s population, of which 86.4 million are those living below the poverty line. The scheme is expected to fully cover the whole population by January 2019.

“This is a great leap that has been conducted since the independence of Indonesia. With such an enormous service coverage, this institution is apparently unmatched with any insurance agency, ” Yudhoyono said.

The president expected that the health scheme must be able to provide “swift and high quality health service” for the people who were in need of medical treatment through the programme.

Besides those poor people, the health insurance scheme would also serve the existing members of social insurance scheme for workers, troops, and members of regional administration’s health insurance scheme programme.

President Yudhoyono’s administration has allocated some 19.93 trillion rupiah (about $1.6 billion) to finance the programme. The allocation would be retrieved from 2014 state budget that has been endorsed by the parliament.

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has inaugurated the commencement of a nationwide health insurance scheme for poor people that came into effect on January 1, 2014, with initial service for 48 per cent or 121 million of the country’s population, of which 86.4 million are those living below the poverty line. The scheme is expected to fully cover the whole population by January 2019.

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nurseIndonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has inaugurated the commencement of a nationwide health insurance scheme for poor people that came into effect on January 1, 2014, with initial service for 48 per cent or 121 million of the country’s population, of which 86.4 million are those living below the poverty line. The scheme is expected to fully cover the whole population by January 2019.

“This is a great leap that has been conducted since the independence of Indonesia. With such an enormous service coverage, this institution is apparently unmatched with any insurance agency, ” Yudhoyono said.

The president expected that the health scheme must be able to provide “swift and high quality health service” for the people who were in need of medical treatment through the programme.

Besides those poor people, the health insurance scheme would also serve the existing members of social insurance scheme for workers, troops, and members of regional administration’s health insurance scheme programme.

President Yudhoyono’s administration has allocated some 19.93 trillion rupiah (about $1.6 billion) to finance the programme. The allocation would be retrieved from 2014 state budget that has been endorsed by the parliament.

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