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2022 Health Budget to be Allocated Uniformly Across Regions: Minister Sadikin

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has assured that the health budget will be allocated uniformly to each region because it does not just rely on the state budget (APBN), but also the regional budget (APBD).

“The actual funds in the Ministry of Health for health spending are smaller than the health allocation funds distributed through the APBD because there is a rule that 10 percent of the APBD must be used for health,” Sadikin said at an online press conference on the Financial Note and the 2022 State Budget Draft here on Monday.

Therefore, according to him, budget equalization will automatically be achieved. In addition to the regional budget, each region can also use funds from the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) to improve public health, he said.

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The budget in the Health Ministry is usually channeled to the regions to meet the needs of the health sector that the regional budget cannot meet, the minister informed.

Earlier, while presenting the 2022 State Budget draft, the government said it has allocated Rp255.3 trillion for the health sector, or 9.4 percent of the total planned state expenses.

Sadikin said he would focus on controlling the COVID-19 transmission rate in 2022 so that it stays below the capacity of the national health service by encouraging the implementation of health protocols, case detection, and vaccinations.

In addition, the transformation of the health sector will also be carried out using six pillars, namely primary services, secondary services, health resilience systems, financial or financing systems, human resources, as well as information technology, and biotechnology, he expounded.

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He said he believes that Indonesia will be able to use the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to transform the health sector and make it better in the future. (drt)

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