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Patients with severe hepatic dysfunction may be allowed to be certified as physically disabled, which would allow them to receive special state support in the form of tax cuts, public transportation discounts and welfare services, health officials said Friday.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry could grant the status to hepatitis patients next year after revising relevant ordinances. About 30,000 to 50,000 liver disease patients are expected to obtain that certification.

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