Jokowi: 50 Percent of Cigarette Excise Patched BPJS Health Deficit

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) conveyed the utilization of the Tobacco Excise Revenue Sharing Fund (DBH-CHT) to patch the BPJS deficit in accordance with the Act. He said, based on the Law, 50 percent of cigarette excise tax is indeed used for health services.

Therefore, Jokowi said that he had issued a Presidential Regulation related to the use of cigarette excise from the region, which was a change of Presidential Regulation Number 12 of 2013 concerning National Health Insurance (JKN).

"Oh yes, we have already issued it. The first is the mandate of the Law, that 50 percent of the excise tax on cigarettes is used for services, things related to health services," he explained at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (19/9) .

According to him, public health services must be carried out as well as possible. Therefore, a portion of the deficit that occurred in the BPJS was closed from the cigarette excise revenue.

Jokowi also admitted that he had ordered the Finance and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP) to audit BPKS deficits. "This means this procedure, accountability has been passed," he added.

In addition, the President also claimed to have instructed the Director and Directors of BPJS to improve the system of both verification and the financial system. Jokowi said that the management and monitoring of claims from hospitals for BPJS was not an easy thing.

"It's not something easy. I experienced it all. From the scope of the city. We used to have a healthy card. In our province there is a Jakarta Healthy Card. It's not easy to control the hospital. This is the whole country. , "said Jokowi.

For information, based on the BPKP audit, the estimated BPJS Health deficit in 2018 reached Rp 10.98 trillion. While the budget disbursed by the government is only around Rp. 4.9 trillion. Therefore, the tobacco excise tax and cigarette tax are expected to cover the BPJS deficit

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