Fri, 24 Jan 2003

Civil servants get health insurance

JAKARTA: The government has earmarked Rp 350 billion funds for financing government employees' health insurance this year, health minister Achmad Sujudi says.

Sujudi said on Friday that Rp 100 billion of the funds would be delivered to 473 state hospitals across the country, while the remaining Rp 250 billion would be paid to health insurance company PT Askes.

"The funds will help reduce service fees that government employees have to pay when they use health insurance from PT Askes," Sujudi said.

PT Askes director Orie Andari Sutadji, meanwhile, said that currently a civil servant set aside 2 percent of his monthly salary for health insurance.

The small insurance premium enables the company to cover 79.17 percent of hospitals claims for health services rendered. --JP