Medical expenses hit record high for 9th straight year

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Medical expenses in Japan in fiscal 2015 grew 3.8 percent from the previous year to ¥42,364.4 billion, with per-capita costs rising 3.8 percent to ¥333,300, the health ministry said Wednesday.

Both the total and per-capita figures hit record highs for the ninth straight year, reflecting the aging of Japan’s population and the advance of medical techniques.

Costs for medical treatment for people aged 65 or over came to ¥25,127.6 billion, accounting for 59.3 percent of the total, up 0.7 percentage point.

Per-capita medical expenses came to ¥741,900 for the age group, more than four times higher than ¥184,900 for those under 65.

Of the total expenses, ¥20,674.6 billion was covered with health insurance premiums, while ¥16,471.5 billion was paid by the central and local governments, and ¥4,916.1 billion by patients.

By disease type, ¥5,981.8 billion was used for treatment of circulatory diseases including hypertension, ¥4,125.7 billion for neoplasms including cancers, ¥2,326.1 billion for musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases including rheumatism, and ¥2,223 billion for respiratory diseases including pneumonia.Speech

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