Health Ministry to Review Add-On Medical Fee for Pregnant Women

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Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's health ministry will fully review the currently suspended add-on fee that pregnant women are required to pay out of pocket when they see doctors, informed sources said Friday.

Instead of the blanket fee, the ministry will ask not only expecting mothers but also other patients to shoulder expenses for communications on their test results and information about treatment between medical institutions, the sources said.

For example, when a pregnant woman visits a physician for a cold, the doctor would be allowed to charge a fee for sending her test results to her obstetrician.

Medical institutions would need patients' agreement to charge such a fee.

How much medical institutions can charge patients and other details of the proposed scheme will be studied at the Central Social Insurance Medical Council, an advisory panel to the health minister, the sources said.

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