With all the focus on the coronavirus, here are five developments related to Japan’s national health care you may have missed:
- The health ministry has delayed the full introduction of a system to use My Number ID cards as public health insurance cards due to glitches. The government started rolling out IC-chipped cards for that purpose last month, but neither the public nor health care providers are in a rush to use them, the Nishinippon Shimbun reports.
- People receiving fertility treatment in Japan are having difficulty balancing their work with therapy, with a majority of companies lacking support measures for employees undergoing such treatment, according to a survey.
- 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%.