Talking Indonesia: the national health insurance scheme, JKN

In 2014, Indonesia took a significant step towards universal healthcare, with the launch of its national health insurance scheme, JKN (Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional). Two years later, this national insurance scheme currently covers around two thirds of Indonesia’s population, but has run at a significant deficit.


What impact has JKN had since it commenced operations, and what are its future prospects? Are all Indonesians gaining equitable benefits from the national scheme? Are changes needed to improve JKN’s performance?


In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast I explore these issues with two of Indonesia’s leading health policy experts, Professor Hasbullah Thabrany, head of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Indonesia, and Professor Laksono Trisnantoro, professor of health policy and administration in the Faculty of Medicine at Gadjah Mada University.


Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight, hosted alternately by Dr Dave McRae and Dr Ken Setiawan. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen to the entire Talking Indonesia podcast via Stitcher.


Photo by Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo for the World Bank.


Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.