Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Police has declared support to the government regulation that necessitates national health insurance BPJS Kesehatan membership as a prerequisite to obtaining a driver's licence, vehicle licence, and police certificate.

Police's public relations division spokesperson, Senior Commissioner Hendra Rochmawan, highlighted the police's commitment to supporting the enforcement of Presidential Instruction No. 1 of 2022 on the optimisation of national health insurance.

"The police indeed must coordinate with relevant institutions (to enforce the regulation)," Rochmawan noted in the press statement in Jakarta on Tuesday.

According to the presidential instruction, the National Police is one of the 30 ministries and government institutions instructed to optimise the implementation of the national health insurance program, he remarked.

Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo has also instructed his subordinates to enforce the BPJS Kesehatan membership requirement, the spokesperson stated while adding that the police will promptly adjust the internal regulation relevant to the instruction.

"The instruction covers all vehicles' registration and identification services that include the issuance of the vehicle ownership book and driver's licence," Rochmawan remarked.

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The spokesperson urged residents to view the new requirement in a positive light, which is to maintain the spirit of unity and equity by ensuring Indonesian residents are all covered under the government insurance scheme.

"We must perceive this new requirement as the government's effort to maintain unity and togetherness by ensuring that residents will be active participants of the BPJS Kesehatan insurance that would cover all Indonesian residents," the spokesperson stated.

Apart from revising relevant police regulations, the police will also disseminate information on the new requirement, he remarked.

"We need a significant period of time to disseminate this information to the public," Rochmawan remarked.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo had enacted Presidential Instruction No. 1 of 2022 that necessitates proof of national health insurance membership to access public services and obtain government licences.

This requirement aims to achieve 98-percent national health insurance membership coverage, as planned in the National Medium-term Development Plan.
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