Managing Director of BPJS Reveals Reasons for Increased Contributions – Had been canceled by the Supreme Court (MA), BPJS Health contributions were raised again through presidential regulation (Perpres) Number 64 of 2020 by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). The Dialysis Patient Community (KPCDI), as the plaintiff of the previous Perpres, assessed that the government outsmarted the Supreme Court’s decision.
In 2018, Jokowi signed Perpres Number 82 of 2018 concerning Health Insurance. The amount of BPJS Health contributions at that time was class III: Rp. 25,500, class II: Rp. 51,000, class I: Rp. 80,000.
A year after that, Jokowi signed Presidential Regulation Number 75 of 2019 regarding Health Insurance. The amount of tuition changes to class III: Rp 42,000, class II: Rp 110,000, class I: Rp 160,000.
Then this Perpres was later sued by KPCDI. The MA granted the lawsuit and returned the BPJS Health fees to class III: Rp. 25,500, class II: Rp. 51,000, class I: Rp. 80,000. However, Jokowi chose to continue to increase fees. This was in line with the birth of Perpres Number 64 of 2020 concerning the Second Amendment to Perpres Number 82 of 2018 concerning Health Insurance.
KPCDI regrets the government’s decision. He assessed that BPJS Health rates are still burdensome to the community.
KPCDI sees this as a form of government to outsmart the Supreme Court’s decision, said KPCDI Secretary General Petrus Hariyanto in a written statement on Wednesday (5/13).
He emphasized that BPJS Health contributions should not rise, especially in class III. Although the Perpres still provides subsidies for class III, as of January 2021 the contribution will increase to Rp 35 thousand. Petrus said that his party would submit a judicial review to the Supreme Court on this Perpres.
The Director of BPJS Health, Fachmi Idris asserted the government’s decision to increase participant fees in accordance with Presidential Regulation No. 64 of 2020 is still in the corridor of the Supreme Court’s (MA) decision concerning the cancellation of contribution increases. It also addresses the issue of Jokowi outsmarting the Supreme Court’s decision.
Fachmi explained in the MA ruling Number 7 / P / HUM / 2020 giving three options to the government to follow it up, namely revoking, amending, or implementing it.
If we see, it means that Mr. Jokowi is still in the corridor, in the context of changing. Actually it is not true that the government does not commemorate it, said Fachmi in a video conference, Jakarta, Thursday (05/14/2020).
Furthermore, Fachmi explained, the issuance of Perpres 64 in 2020 actually helped the community in the midst of the Corona pandemic, one of which provided assistance to participants who were not wage recipients (PBPU) and not class III independent workers (BP). Where all these participants will receive a subsidy of Rp. 16,500 per person per month in 2020, and Rp. 7,000 per person per month in 2021.
With this subsidy, the contributions paid by BPJS Health class III independent participants are Rp. 25,000 in 2020 and Rp. 35,000 in 2021. If not subsidized by the government, this class III participant should pay a contribution of Rp. 42,000 per person per month.
In fact, the government is present more firstly, the presidential regulation basically builds social, solidarity which cannot be funded by the government. Pak Jokowi is committed, he said.
Whereas participants of contributions from the central and regional contributions (PBI) are fully borne by the government. The number of PBI participants numbered around 133.5 million people from the central government as many as 96.5 million people and as many as 37 million people. Contributions paid Rp 42,000 per person per month are fully borne by the government.
If the Rp 42,000 government subsidizes, the government ceme online jakarta has fulfilled this, the President decides. So the stages are clear that there is relaxation of relief from Perpres 75 to 64.