Japan Plans to Scrap Health Insurance Cards

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May 25, 2022

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to scrap the present system of medical health insurance cards in principle, as a way to promote the usage of My Number social security and taxation identification cards for proof of medical health insurance eligibility, it was learned Wednesday.

The plan was presented to a subcommittee of the Social Security Council, which advises the health minister, the identical day.

The ministry also plans to require medical institutions and pharmacies nationwide to introduce systems vital for accepting My Number cards as medical health insurance certificates from April next yr.

Using My Number cards as medical health insurance certificates began in earnest last October. While the federal government is aiming to make the cards available to be used in any respect medical institutions and pharmacies in principle by the top of next March, only about 20 pct of such facilities have introduced systems for accepting the cards to date.

Under the ministry proposal, medical institutions will probably be required to introduce the vital systems from April 2023, while medical health insurance associations will give you the option to decide on whether to issue existing medical health insurance cards or switch to the My Number card system in the course of the fiscal yr starting in April 2024.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

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