January 2012 – Forming a 'Partnership for Universal Health Coverage'
Though Indonesia has made significant progress towards UHC/SHP in the last few years, a number of strategic choices still need to be made with regard to the enrolment of the informal sector, the harmonisation of various insurance benefit packages, improving efficiency through provider payment mechanisms, and the harmonisation of various insurance carriers. In this context, the prospect of joint harmonised support of development partners has been welcomed by various national agencies, such as the National Social Security Council (DJSN), the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and the Ministry of Health.
Several P4H network partners are already, or intend to become, more active with regard to UC and SHP in Indonesia. Promoting open and inclusive networking at country level, WHO Indonesia launched a 'Partnership for Universal Health Coverage' in Jan 2012 comprising WHO, the World Bank, ILO, GIZ, AusAID, JICA, USAID and the JLN.
December 2011 – Engaging with P4H
Since its transition to democracy in 1999, Indonesia has made significant progress in introducing democratic institutions and practices and in moving towards a market economy. As part of this process, the government has begun the substantial reform of the National Social Security System (SJSN), notably with the passage of new legislation in 2004 (law No. 40/2004) which is intended to ensure protection and social welfare for all Indonesians. While the Indonesian Government has made progress in improving social protection over the past few decades by introducing pro-poor programmes such as health insurance for the poor, rice for the poor and conditional cash transfers, major challenges remain, including increasing coverage for informal workers, reducing systemic fragmentation, and increasing systemic performance.
In December, P4H network partner, GIZ, invited the P4H Coordination Desk to participate in an appraisal mission to discuss ways to integrate future GIZ support with the work of other development partners under the P4H umbrella. The mission helped to clarify current support requirements and to facilitate the creation of a country network (Partnership for Universal Health Coverage) thus laying the foundation for the scale-up of joint, harmonised support for Indonesia on its path towards universal health coverage.