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Luck of the Draw of the Cards

Free Health Care for Baliís Poor Assured in 2012 with New e-JKBM Health Insurance Cards

(12/18/2011) The provincial government of Bali is targeting for all Bali residents to be issued an electronic health insurance card in 2012.

The Kartu Electronic Jaminan Kesehatan Bali Mandara (e-JKBM) or electronic health insurance card is intended to provide access to free medical care for all Bali residents.

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As reported by Beritabali.com, the chief of the Bali Health Service, Dr. Nyoman Sutedja, told the press on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, that the introduction of the e-JKBM would remove the possibility of anyone being refused health care at a community health center of a hospital in Bali simply due to a lack of funds.

The cards will also remove the burden of having to go to the village or sub-district chief to obtain a letter of introduction, now needed to obtain free medical care in Bali.

Sutedja confirmed that the government has already issued 543,000 e-JKBM cards, a number he wants to see grow to 600,000 next year.

The provincial government has allocated Rp. 226 billion (US$25.1 million) to provide health services to the poor in 2012.