The Central Social Insurance Medical Council on Feb. 12 decided on a new payment plan for medical services under public health insurance, which is revised every other year. The fee charged for patients’ first visits will be raised by ¥120 to ¥2,820 and the fee for additional visits will be raised by ¥30 to ¥720.

In fiscal 2014, the average medical fee will be raised by 0.1 percent. When the portion to cope with the consumption tax hike from April is taken into account, the fee goes down by 1.26 percent.

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