Health Min­istry to in­crease hos­pi­tals in Ja­pan

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The health min­istry in Ja­pan is plan­ning to ex­pand the range of hos­pi­tals that can im­pose ad­di­tional fees on pa­tients with no re­fer­ral from their reg­u­lar doc­tors as early as fis­cal 2018. Cur­rently, ex­tra fees of ¥5,000 or more are charged on ini­tial vis­its to large hos­pi­tals with 500 beds or more. There are 262 such hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide, mainly those af­fil­i­ated with uni­ver­si­ties. The min­istry’s new plan will in­clude hos­pi­tals with at least 400 beds, which will add some 150 hos­pi­tals. The ad­di­tional fees, which started in fis­cal 2016, are ad­di­tional to the pa­tients’ out-of-pocket pay­ments, which amount to 10 to 30 per cent in prin­ci­ple of the to­tal med­i­cal ex­penses un­der pub­lic health in­sur­ance pro­grams. The ex­tra fee rule also re­quires the pa­tients with­out re­fer­rals to pay ¥2,500 or more on their sec­ond and later vis­its. By broad­en­ing the scope of hos­pi­tals that can im­pose the ad­di­tional fees, the min­istry aims to draw a clearer line be­tween larger hos­pi­tals and smaller ones and clin­ics. Big hos­pi­tals should fo­cus on spe­cial­ized med­i­cal ser­vices for se­verely ill pa­tients, while smaller fa­cil­i­ties can take care of less se­ri­ous cases.

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