August 07, 2013

Elderly Japanese may be asked to pay more for medical expenses, those 70 to 74 up to 10 percent more

"A government panel on social welfare reforms has adopted a final report calling on high-income elderly people to shoulder a greater burden of medical costs and taxes to build a sustainable welfare system as the nation faces a falling birthrate and aging population....The National Council on Social Security System Reform...intends to change the current system to one in which costs will be paid based on recipients’ financial ability instead of their age...the panel called for medical expenses to be paid by people aged 70 to 74 at hospitals be raised to 20 percent from April. Currently, they pay 10 percent of hospital treatment costs."

Elderly urged to pay more for welfare
August 7th 2013
Daily Yomiuri

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