Jakarta: The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Head Suhariyanto said that the government's plan to raise the premiums of Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) will not significantly affect inflation.
“We highlighted that the contribution of the premium hike to the inflation will only be around 0.01%,” Suhariyanto said here on Friday, November 1, 2019.
Moreover, the BPS chairman also believes that the planned cigarette tax hike will not have a significant effect on inflation.
“Every month, the average price of cigarettes only experiences a slight increase," he said.
Previously, the Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) criticized the government’s decision to raise BPJS premiums. YLKI chairman Tulus said that the decision will affect people's welfare.
“The decision will instead exacerbate BPJS Kesehatan's bad financial condition,” said Tulus.
According to Tulus, the government should have not increased the fee but instead it should have resorted to other strategic measures, including data correction. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)