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This policy brief discusses fiscal space for UHC in Indonesia by examining the experiences from the financing of Jamkesmas over the period 2005-2012. Analysis of data indicates Jamkesmas financing resulted from generally conducive macro-fiscal conditions and, to some extent, reallocations within the central government health budgetary envelope. Contrary to expectations, financing of Jamkesmas did not result from a central government reprioritization of health at the expense of other sectors. Such financing modalities would be unlikely to be sufficient as Indonesia looks forward to attainment of UHC by 2019. A combination of central government reprioritization of health, efficiency gains, possible earmarked tobacco taxes, and subnational complementary financing will likely be needed to effectively finance attainment of UHC in Indonesia.

About the Presenters

Xiaolu Bi

Ajay Tandon

Cheryl Cashin

Pandu Harimurti

Eko Pambudi

John Langenbrunner