President Jokowi Urges Health Sector to Follow Latest Technology
Date 26 Oktober 2018
The Government is trying to find the best solution to overcome the budget deficit issue in the Social Security Provider Body ( BPJS) for the Health. The first step is to allocate a budget of Rp4.9 trillion to cover the deficit.
We will then look for funding options that can be used to cover the bill, President Joko Jokowi Widodo said after opening the 30th Indonesian Doctors Association Congress (IDI) at Samarinda, East Kalimantan Province, Thursday (25 / 10).
The President said he considers a number of options, such as efficiency in the BPJS itself, including improving its management. In addition, according to the President, the BPJS also should intensify the collection of insurance bill that are currently less optimal.
Particularly collection for the Governments assistance recipients which should be intensified, said President Jokowi.
Meanwhile, President Jokowi emphasized that doctors need to follow the latest technology development and innovation, including preparing system that provide great convenience for patients in remote areas who need health services.
For example, patient from Asmat Regency can be diagnosed by a doctor in Halmahera, North Maluku Province, then the doctor asks help from his fellows in Jakarta. Something like that, said the President.
Regarding hospital issue, President Jokowi proposed an idea about smart hospital, where medical data of patients can be integrated with other hospitals, pharmacies, and the BPJS.
If we are not following the latest technology, we will be left behind, the President reminded.
Also accompanying President Jokowi on the event were First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Governor of East Kalimantan Isran Noor, and Chairman of Indonesian Doctor Association Prof. Dr. I Oetama Marsis SPOG (K). (BPMI Setpres / ES)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Yuyu Mulyani