Japan to Allow Use of My Number Cards as Health Insurance Cards

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Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting on Friday bills to allow use of My Number identification cards as an alternative for health insurance cards.

The bills, including one to revise the health insurance law, are aimed at improving the convenience of My Number cards so that they will come into wider use and also at preventing fraudulent access to medical insurance coverage by ensuring accurate identity confirmations.

Each My Number card, embedded with an integrated circuit chip, has the holder's face photo, name, address, sex and date of birth on the front side, and shows his or her 12-digit ID number on the reverse side.

Under the planned system, which the government hopes to introduce in March 2021, the cards' IC chips will be read with dedicated devises installed at hospital counters.

The devises, connected to the Health Insurance Claims Review & Reimbursement Services, a body that checks the eligibility for healthcare insurance coverage, will allow medical institutions to obtain card holders' insurance status information.

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