Tag - health-insurance



Japan Times
Nov 14, 2020
Subsidizing fertility treatment leaves Japanese gynecologists in a bind
Fertility treatments are not covered by national health insurance because, in most cases, infertility is not defined as an ailment.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2019
Japan dangles ¥5,000 credit to persuade My Number ID cardholders to adopt smartphone payment system
Japan will give shopping points to holders who make cashless payments with their phones in a measure to increase the popularity of the card.
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2019
After backlash, Trump U-turns on targeting U.K. health service in trade talks
U.S. President Donald Trump backtracked on comments that Britain's public health service should be on the table in future post-Brexit trade talks between the two countries, after Prime Minister Theresa May said some areas might be off-limits.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 15, 2019
Health insurance in Japan to cover new cancer therapy that costs ¥33 million
The anti-cancer drug Kymriah will be produced by a Tokyo-based unit of Novartis AG and is expected to carry the highest price tag of any single drug in Japan.
Japan Times
May 15, 2019
Health insurance law revised to limit coverage to Japan residents
The Diet enacted a legislative revision Wednesday to make the national health insurance program largely applicable only to workers and their dependents residing in Japan.
Feb 15, 2019
Cabinet approves limiting health insurance coverage to residents of Japan
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a bill Friday that will make Japan's health insurance program for employees applicable only to workers and their dependents residing in the country, to prevent abuse by people from overseas.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2018
Japan looks to crack down on abuse of health insurance system as it plans for foreign worker influx
Insurance under the social welfare system covers medical expenses not only of corporate workers but also their family members, who it does not currently require to be living in Japan.
Sep 16, 2018
40% of Japan's health insurance societies seen posting losses in 2017; some may disband
Over 40 percent of the 1,394 health insurance societies set up for employees of large companies and their families are expected to report losses for fiscal 2017 ended March, sources said.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2018
Probe into abuse of health insurance by foreigners in Japan stirs claims of prejudice
A government probe into alleged abuse of Japan's public health insurance system by foreign residents has sparked controversy, with critics claiming the investigation encourages prejudice against non-Japanese.
Jul 16, 2018
Alleged abuse of national health insurance system sparks probe into foreign patients
The government has launched a nationwide probe into allegations that foreign residents are abusing the public health insurance system.
Japan Times
Jul 9, 2018
Insurers expect 'market disruption' after Trump suspends billions in Obamacare risk payments
Health insurers warn that a move by the Trump administration on Saturday to temporarily suspend a program that was set to pay out $10.4 billion to insurers for covering high-risk individuals last year could drive up premium costs and create marketplace uncertainty.
Dec 10, 2017
Japan mulls partial insurance coverage for urgent overseas organ transplants
The health ministry is considering a measure to cover part of the expenses shouldered by patients who go abroad for urgent organ transplants, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2017
Aiming for truly universal health coverage
The idea that everyone should be able to access quality health services has finally claimed its rightful place at the top of the global health agenda.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2017
Japan's health care is far from free, and ballooning costs could mean higher premiums
Japan's health insurance system is considered "universal," since it covers everyone in the country, but it is hardly "free" in the sense of having the government pay for everything with tax revenue.
Sep 18, 2016
Reining in the price of costly drugs
In approving the use of breakthrough drugs, the government must ensure their cost doesn't place undo strain on the nation's public health insurance system.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 17, 2016
How Japan is tweaking the cost of health care
The price of health care is changing.
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2015
National health insurance info on 100,000 people leaked
Lists of personal information related to around 103,000 people, including public health insurance card numbers, are leaked and sold.
Oct 25, 2015
Young may get help to stop smoking
Young smokers could see the scope of their health insurance expand if they are willing to take steps to quit the habit through smoking-cessation treatments.
Apr 30, 2015
Scrutinize health insurance reform
The national government needs to provide sufficient support to prefectural governments, which will be tasked to play a larger role in maintaining the nation's health insurance system.
Jun 15, 2014
Medical care as a growth policy
The Abe administration plans to expand medical treatments that mix drugs and technologies covered by public health insurance with those that are not covered as early as fiscal 2016.


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