Japan gov't panel OKs price hike for dental palladium

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An advisory panel to Japan's health minister approved Wednesday an emergency plan to increase in May the government-set dental treatment remuneration for "silver" fillings containing palladium, mainly produced in Russia. The increase, which will lead to a price hike for dental treatment involving such fillings, comes as palladium prices have skyrocketed since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which is Japan's second-largest supplier of the rare metal. So-called silver fillings containing palladium and other metals are covered by national health insurance, with dentists' remuneration for such ...

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