Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government will soon review whether or not it needs to continue funding COVID-19 patients’ treatment in 2023 following the lifting of public activity restrictions (PPKM), Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said.

"We will review it gradually. Now, it is still in effect, so if someone gets sick (infected with COVID-19), we (the government will) still bear it (the cost of treatment), but we will review it soon," he informed at the State Palace here on Friday.

According to the Decree of the Minister of Health Number 104 of 2020, the costs of COVID-19 patients' treatment are to be borne by the government.

Sadikin said it is likely that the financing mechanism for COVID-19 patients will be revised to the normal mechanism that is used for other diseases.

Thus, if patients are insured under the insurance program of the National Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) or have private insurance, they will use their insurance to cover the costs. If not, they will have to pay the bills using their own money.

He said that the plan to change the financing mechanism for COVID-19 patients is part of the transition from the pandemic to the endemic phase.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Friday announced an end to the PPKM policy, which was enforced to control COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia.

The revocation of the PPKM policy means that there will be no more restrictions on public activities and mobility, he said.

Nevertheless, the government has not lifted the health emergency status as the pandemic has not completely ended.

The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020. According to data from the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of December 30, 2022, the nation has recorded 6,719,327 COVID-19 cases, 6,545,132 recoveries, and 160,593 deaths.

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