Jakarta-wapresri.go.id. The National Health Insurance (JKN) program managed by the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) should be improved in delivering its services to the public.

“All people should be treated fairly, without any discrimination, either in central hospitals or in regional hospitals. Puskesmas (community health centers) should also be improved their quality. These all are vital for the sake of universal health,” said Vice President Jusuf Kalla when receiving head of advisory board of the Indonesian Local Hospital Association (ARSADA) Umar Wahid at the Vice President’s Office in Jakarta, on Tuesday (April, 12).

On the occasion, he also appreciated the current health law that imposes health offices in the regions with more responsibilities.

The Vice President also underscored that health development is not only about building more hospitals, but it is also about prevention and dissemination of a healthy life style.

“Talking about health is not only talking about hospitals. The most important thing is how to have a healthy life style, good nutrition, and enough exercise. Hospital is the last point to discuss,” he said.

In facing the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the Vice President said that competition in the region should be made as a chance to improve quality in all sectors.

“What worries me the most is that Indonesian doctors would move to other countries due to higher salaries in other countries,” he said.

At the meeting, Umar Wahid invited the Vice President to attend ARSADA’s 7th national meeting that will be held on April 13-15, 2016 at Grand Mercure Hotel, Kemayoran, Jakarta. Unfortunately, the Vice President cannot fulfill the invitation as at the same time he will be in Turkey attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit.

Accompanying Umar Wahid at the meeting were ARSADA’s advisory board members Slamet Riyadi Yuwono and Achmad Harijadi, ARSADA’s chairman Kuntjoro Adi Purjanto, ARSADA’s secretary general Heru Ariyadi, and ARSADA’s executive board member Ibn Banjar.