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Skalanews - The Head of the Fiscal Policy Office of the Finance Ministry, Suahasil Nazara, said the Social Security Administering Body (BPJS) of Health must be ready to face challenges related to services to the community, including deficits.

"As a type of insurance that just started a few years, he must face all kinds of challenges," said Suahasil in Jakarta, Monday (13/11).

He explained that in facing all kinds of challenges then BPJS Health must prepare the anticipation in order to avoid problems that can cause interruption in cash flow.

He mentioned that such anticipation by having the ability to manage the participants BPJS Health which is currently recorded has the characteristics of different membership.

"For state-sponsored PBI members, the characteristics differ from those that have paid themselves or are registered by the local government, as well as the type of co-sharing with employers or employers," he explained.

To that end, he expects BPJS Health can manage financing more optimally so as to not just ask for additional funds to cover the projected deficit of Rp9 trillion.

"This means that BPJS must work harder in retaining members and collect revenue from the members, so there is a fence so that he is sustain," said Suahasil.

Previously, BPJS Health reported a deficit that increased to reach Rp9 trillion, which is feared could disrupt health services and hospital operations.

To overcome this problem, Vice President Jusuf Kalla had proposed to raise premium BPJS Health membership by taking into account the current inflation rate.

In addition, BPJS Health services are also proposed to be decentralized to local governments to reduce central government burden.

Another proposal is to patch up the deficit in the near future through the Revenue Sharing Fund from tobacco excise revenue of Rp 5 trillion. (antara/Frida Astuti)