Unpopular National Healthcare Insurance (BPJS Kesehatan) Contribution for Independent Participants

National Healthcare Insurance monthly contributions will increase start from 1 July 2020 after President Joko Widodo signed Presidential Regulation Number 64 of 2020 concerning the Second Amendment to Presidential Regulation Number 82 of 2018 concerning Health Insurance on Tuesday, 5 May 2020. The respective Presidential Regulation replaces Presidential Regulation No. 75 of 2019 which is annulled by the Supreme Court.

The increase in contribution will impact independent participants in the Non-Wage Workers (PBPU) such as self-employed or professional and Non-Workers (BP) segments.

Article 34 of the Presidential Regulation stipulates the following:

  • Fees for independent participants with service benefits in class I treatment room increases from IDR 80,000 to IDR 150,000 or an increase of 87.5% per person per month.
  • Fees for independent participants with service benefits in class II treatment room increases from IDR 51,000 to IDR 100,000 or up 96% per person per month.
  • Fees for independent participants with service benefits in class III treatment room increases from IDR 25,500 to IDR 35,000 or an increase of 37.25% per person. The increase for this category comes into force in 2021.

The Presidential Regulation was opposed by various parties even more so because the Regulation was issued during the pandemic when most of the citizens experience grave difficulty meeting their basic needs such as food. Contributions increase will not only burden then household daily financing but also increase resentment towards the Government and its perceived unpopular policy. It can be assumed that similar as the Presidential Regulation No. 75 of 2019, either labour groups or civil society will submit judicial review to the Supreme Court demanding the respective Regulation to be annulled.

Peppres No. 64 Tahun 2020

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