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Experts discuss Japan’s long-term care insurance for elderly

  • April 2, 2017
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On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show, six experts discussed Japan’s long-term care insurance, focusing on how to provide better care for the aging population. Japan launched the long-term care insurance system in 2000 to provide long-term care for people over 65. The system is funded by compulsory premiums for all those over the age of 40 and by national and local taxation. The GOJ submitted legislation to the current Diet session that would increase users’ payments from the current 20% to 30% of the cost of care. The panelists who support the legislation argued that such changes are necessary to sustain the system, but the opponents said the revision would increase the burden on patients.

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