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With all the focus on the coronavirus, here are five developments related to Japan’s national health care you may have missed:

A new facial recognition system can identify patients who have their My Number cards combined with their health insurance cards. | KYODO
A new facial recognition system is supposed to identify patients who have their My Number cards combined with their health insurance cards. | KYODO
  • The Lower House has started deliberating on a bill to double the share of out-of-pocket medical expenses to 20% for people age 75 or older with certain incomes. The medical fee hike would start in the second half of fiscal 2022.
  • A government panel report on a new type of prenatal test designed to detect chromosomal abnormalities in unborn children from expectant mothers’ blood has called for a committee to be formed to determine where and how the tests will be performed.
  • The 10-year survival rate of people in Japan diagnosed with cancer in 2008 stands at 59.4%, the National Cancer Center said in the first large-scale survey of its kind. But the rate varied wildly depending on the type of cancer concerned, from 98.7% to 6.5%.

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