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【MHLW】A slight increase in National Medical Care Expenditure for FY18. “Apart from the impact of the revision of medical fees, the trend is the same as usual.”

2020年12月15日 (火)

On November 30, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) announced the “National Medical Care Expenditure for fiscal year 2018.” The total medical care expenditure covered by insurance at medical institutions was 43.3949trilion yen, it increased by 323.9 billion yen (0.8%) from the previous year. The growth was lower than the last year due to the revision of medical fees and the declining population, however, MHLW said, “Apart from the impact of the revision of medical fees, the trend is the same as usual.”

The total national medical care expenditure by age group, age 0 to 14 was 2.53 trillion yen, age 15 to 44 was 5.2403 trillion yen, age 45 to 64 was 9.3417 trillion yen, age 65 and over was 26.2828 trillion yen. There was no change in the trend of medical care expenditures for the population aged 65 and over, which was 60.6% of the total expenditure.

By type of medical service, pharmacy dispensing medical fees were 7.5687 trillion yen, it decreased by 3.1% from the previous year. General medical fees were 31.3251 trillion yen (increased by 1.6%), of which divided into inpatient medical fees were 16.5535 trillion yen (increased by 2.1%), and outpatient medical fees were 14.7716 trillion yen (increased by 1.0%).

The national medical care expenditure per person by age group were 188,300 yen (increased by 0.7%) for those under 65, and 738,700 yen (increased by 0.1%) for those over 65. Pharmacy dispensing medical fees of which were 35,100 yen (decreased by 1.4%) and 123,200 yen (decreased by 4.9%), and general medical fees of which were 128,100 yen (increased by 1.2%) and 553,300 yen (increased by 1.1%), respectively.


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