JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati has set aside a budget of IDR6.1 trillion in the form of insurance and compensation to medical personnel handling the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
"They (medical personnel) are in front and face the greatest risk," she said in a coordinating meeting with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Bank Indonesia (BI), and the Indonesia Financial Services Authority (OJK) through video conference in Jakarta.
Sri Mulyani said the the design and mechanism for disbursing the insurance and compensation to medical personel is still being drafted by the government.
She added that the government is also still calculating the amount of funds so that the government can soon provide certainty to all medical personnel, including doctors, specialist doctors, and nurses or paramedics.
"We have reserved a total of IDR3.1 trillion to IDR6.1 trillion for this intervention," Sri Mulyani added.
However, the former Managing Director of the World Bank has not yet specified how many medical workers throughout Indonesia will be provided with compensation and insurance.
The total number of hospitals prepared to treat COVID-19 patients has reached 359 hospitals throughout Indonesia.
The government has appointed 132 hospitals/referral hospitals, plus 109 hospitals owned by the Indonesian Military (TNI), 55 hospitals owned by the Indonesian National Police (Polri), as well as 65 state-owned hospitals.