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Monday, December 04, 2017

Fachmi Idris, CEO of BPJS Healthcare: If Everyone Participates, We Can Reach Universal Coverage

The rumor that the Social Security Agency (BPJS) will no longer cover eight catastrophic illnesses spread very fast. The issue arose during discussions about the agency’s finances with the House of Representatives’ (DPR) health commission two weeks ago. The BPJS reportedly incurred Rp7 trillion in losses and was poised to revoke coverage for the series of high-cost illnesses.

BPJS Chief Fachmi Idris dismissed the speculation, saying the government…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Malady of Papua

Young coconut shell was on the lunch menu of Fransisca Patatcot and her son on Saturday two weeks ago. Sitting next to each other on the wooden porch of the Santo Petrus Paulus Church, Pulau Tiga District, Asmat Regency, Papua, they snacked on the coconut shell. When the coconut shell was finished, she began eating the husk.