Jakarta: The regulation which obliges newborns to be registered as the participants of the health care program run by the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) 28 days after they are born has been criticized for adding burden to their parents.
The Presidential Regulation Number 82 Year 2018 concerning Health Care which contains the provision is urged to be amended based on the financial abilities of the parents
“This step is taken by the central government to add the amount of participants in the program. However, this regulation, along with the already increased health care fees, will increase more financial burden," Indef Executive Director, Tauhid Ahmad, said here on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
Tauhid expects the regulation to increase the health condition of the families. However, he urges the regulation to be amended by taking into consideration the current economic situations so as to avoid more financial difficulties.
“The fact that newborns are obliged to be drafted as participants while the health care fees have officially been increased is not right amidst the currently slowing economic condition," He said.
On the other hand, according to Tauhid, the Indonesian economic growth is expected to reach less than five percent.
“There are many research institutions which have predicted that the national economic growth will be less than five percent in 2020. Though it is a relatively high growth, the public purchasing power is starting to decrease," he said. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)