Jumbled Data Collection in 2014 JKN Implementation

By on December 5, 2013

Lumajang— In workshop for Lumajang on “Strengthening the Public Access of Health Security Information” (31/08/13), some participant complained about the mistargeted-Jamkesmas (previous public health service) data of government version. It achieved 50 percent of it. There were 500 households or 2.000 peoples registered with Jamkesmas, but actually majority of them were not eligible for it. Conversely, many eligible peoples don’t have access to Jamkesmas as its impact, they are not registered. This problem is caused by there is no agreement between national government and independent data collection. It’s exactly the same ultimate cause to be faced in impending JKN implementation.

To date, it’s only less than three months remaining to an impending JKN implementation at January 2014, but still doesn’t well disseminate.  Many people don’t know where to ask. Meanwhile, the specific-JKN information from the Health Ministry is confusing. There are a lot of problems in data collection. There are no nationally applicable criteria of PBI and non-PBI. The poverty data used by national government doesn’t match the reality. “The village leaders and village chiefs were furious, demanding the replacement of the statistical officers responsible. This kind of practice usually ends up in abuse, where the officers only register their own relatives,” thus Sri, a woman from Salak Village, described.

The Central Government often set tight deadlines on data collection, making the process of data collection sloppy and rushed. Some of the problems in data collecting arise from the fact that statistical officers fake the data, use old data, and exclude the village leaders in the data collection process.

“The data collecting system I knew from my experience is that usually the BPS (Central Statistic Board) officer comes straight to the neighborhood chief or the hamlet chief to copy the existing data of theirs,” Asy’ari shared some experience to the forum, the Secretary of Lumajang PINTER Community.

Gufron from Yosowilangun village also revealed the same kind of problem in data collection. He said that the eligible people for PBI are determined by a statistical officer at district level. “The statistical team often excludes the village leader in the data collection process. They also can’t clearly explain based on what criteria the eligible people for PBI are determined. They never have the hands dirty with reality, instead they prefer hold internal meeting and appoint another people as their method in data collection process,” he added, as the closing of discussion.

Because of many problems in data collection process in Lumajang, the Central and Local level government need to seriously upgrade the data management, in an integrated way. It is considering less than two months remaining to the impending implementation. Failure to do so would ensure the mis-alocation and mis-targeting will repeat, as previously Jamkesmas had. *

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