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Medical expenses paid to hospitals and clinics across the country in fiscal 2013 increased 2.2 percent from the previous year to ¥40.06 trillion, topping the ¥40 trillion line for the first time and hitting a record high for the seventh straight year, the health ministry said Wednesday.

The rise in expenses in the year to March 2014 resulted from an aging population and advances in medical technology.

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