DESK REVIEWS | Assistive technology

DESK REVIEW | Assistive technology

Yes. Any person who needs assistive technology may receive it for free from SUS as long as a doctor from SUS prescribes it. For example, the person may contact the Municipal Health Secretary with the doctor’s prescription and personal documents to require a wheelchair.

Under the national health insurance JKN scheme, assistive technology for elderly people such as spectacles, wheelchairs, false teeth, walking frames, neck brace, and hearing aids are available free of charge for those who need them. A cut-off value of each item and an annual limit of device purchase apply for each type of medical device or assistive technology. For instance, for hearing aid, JKN will cover only up until IDR 5 million and can only be given once every five years per claimant (Sanchia & Halim, 2019).


Sanchia, N., & Halim, M. S. (2019). Terapi Stimulasi Kognitif untuk Lansia dengan Mild Cognitive Impairment: Studi Eksperimental di Panti Wreda. Neurona, 36(4), 258–264.

The assistive devices and services provided within the National Development Fund for persons with disabilities (rather than just dementia) are free but after submitting a complete request form (National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), 2019). The new application handbook is designed to clarify how decisions are made at the fund by providing the method and criteria for approving or rejecting applications. For instance, priority would be given to those who require the device for learning, training, or work related environments and those who have never received an assistive device unless it is worn out or too small for their age (National Council for Persons with Disabilities, 2011).


National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD). (2019). National Development Fund.

National Council for Persons with Disabilities. (2011). National Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities: Application Handbook.

Some programs at local level have provided assistive technology instruments but efforts are isolated; most of the times these are a one-off benefit and not following some continuous programmes.