The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Health app to be covered by public health insurance

- The Yomiuri Shimbun

A smartphone app designed to help people with high blood pressure will be covered by public health insurance from September, a er getting the nod from a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry advisory body.

It will be the second health app to be covered by the public medical insurance program.

In the treatment of hypertensi­on, doctors regularly provide guidance on lifestyle changes such as reducing salt intake and exercising. However, it has been a challenge to get some patients to follow the guidance.

e hypertensi­on health app was developed by Tokyo-based start-up CureApp Inc. and will be used by patients based on a doctor’s prescripti­on.

Users can input details about their diet, number of steps taken and blood pressure level, for example, and receive dietary advice, among other guidance.

Doctors check the entered informatio­n, and give the patients advice about every other month. e initial fee is ¥9,700, and subsequent consultati­ons cost ¥8,300.

Under public health insurance, many patients pay 30% of expenses, bringing the cost down to ¥2,910 and ¥2,490, respective­ly. (Aug. 5)

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