Nearly 100 Percent of West Papua’s Population Become JKN Participants – The West Papua Provincial Government affirmed its commitment to ensuring health insurance for all its citizens through the National Health Insurance Program (JKN). This is evidenced by the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) of 99.07 percent of the population of West Papua Province who have become participants.

With these results, an Acting (Pj) Governor of West Papua Paulus Waterpauw received a UHC award certificate handed over by the Director of Health Service Guarantee of BPJS Kesehatan Lily Kresnowati accompanied by the Head of BPJS Kesehatan Manokwari Branch Deny Jermy Eka Putra Mase on Monday, 5 December 2022.

At the award ceremony, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and the UHC Work Plan for the JKN Program was signed between the BPJS Health Deputy for the Papua and West Papua Regions and the Provincial Government of West Papua.

JKN membership of West Papua Province which has reached the UHC JKN Program is as many as 1,150,186 people out of a total population of 1,161,028 people. This achievement even exceeds the target of the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), which targets a minimum of 98 percent of the population to be protected by JKN in 2024.

Director of BPJS Kesehatan Health Service Guarantee Lily Kresnowati said that West Papua is the fourth province after NAD, DKI Jakarta and Bengkulu to achieve high UHC. He hopes that the West Papua Provincial Government will continue to maintain and increase the number of JKN participants so that the population will be more protected by health insurance. “Apart from that, the regional government’s participation in improving health service facilities is urgently needed so that in the future people seeking treatment can be served in their area so that they do not need to be referred outside West Papua,” he said.

Paulus Waterpauw said that the achievement of UHC was due to the cooperation of all parties in supporting the national health insurance program. The certainty of comprehensive health insurance for the people is also a shared responsibility, especially state administrators in the regions, in this case the Regional Government.

The West Papua Provincial Government continues to increase outreach to people whose health services are not guaranteed, especially in areas far from urban areas because they are considered to have no awareness of the importance of health insurance protection.

In addition, through the UHC collaboration between the Provincial Government of West Papua and BPJS Health, all West Papuans can benefit from health services. If you are sick, it is enough to show your KTP, you can immediately go to the Puskesmas for treatment or if you are in an emergency, you can access the emergency room at the hospital, and this is guaranteed by BPJS Kesehatan according to the applicable procedures.

“For this reason, on behalf of the Provincial Government of West Papua, I hope for support from all parties, including the Heads of Districts/Cities in the Province of West Papua to make the national strategic program successful, specifically in the health sector, which requires hard work, planning that is really monitored and best managed,” he said.

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