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Commission orders BPKP to disclose BPJS Kesehatan's deficit audit report

Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – The Central Information Commission (KIP) has ordered the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) to disclose its audit report on the Health Care and Social Security Agency's (BPJS Kesehatan) deficit.

The order was stipulated in the commission's ruling in favor of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), which demanded that the comptroller open its report to the public after the BPKP rejected the watchdog's initial request. The ruling was read by KIP commissioner Cecep Suryadi during a hearing in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Cecep said the audit report did not have elements of confidentiality as regulated under articles 6 and 17 of Law No. 14/2008 on public information, which has given liability to any public agencies in central government and local administration to provide open access to public information.

"According to the Public Information Law, the defendant is required to provide public access to the audit report, the existence of which was mentioned during a public meeting, because it contains no confidential elements," another KIP commissioner, Arif Kuswardono, said.

ICW researcher Egi Primayogha said he appreciated the ruling and requested the BPKP make the BPJS Kesehatan audit report available to the public as soon as possible.

"The audit report will probably be beneficial to the public as it might show the problems of the BPJS," Egi said after the hearing.

The ICW had filed a lawsuit against the BPKP after the comptroller refused to provide the audit report to the graft watchdog, which was planning to look into issues surrounding BPJS Kesehatan's national health insurance (JKN) program.

According to the graft watchdog, the government had allocated at least Rp 22.1 trillion (US$1.5 billion) to the agency to subsidize the premium payments of low-income participants. However, BPJS Kesehatan still recorded a deficit of Rp 15.5 trillion as of December last year, the ICW said.

"The amount is certainly not small. That's why the BPKP's audit report must be known widely by the public. The public as taxpayers and the compulsory members of the JKN program must know every problem within its operations," Egi said.

A BPKP legal team member, who refused to be named, said he would coordinate with the agency in regard to the ruling. (ars)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/03/commission-orders-bpkp-to-disclose-bpjs-kesehatans-deficit-audit-report.html