“Expansion of fertility treatment subsidy system: Conclusion as soon as possible” Mr. Atsushi Tamura, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

“Expansion of fertility treatment subsidy system: Conclusion as soon as possible” Tamura, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, October 11, 12:17 p.m.

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With regard to infertility treatment, Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Tamura, in NHK’s “Sunday Debate,” indicated that he would draw immediate conclusions on the expansion of the subsidy system, which will be considered as a support measure to expand insurance applications, including easing the income limit, in which the couple’s income is less than 7.3 million yen.
In this, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Tamura said, “Clinics and medical institutions have created their own technologies for the insurance application of infertility treatment, and all of them cannot be covered by insurance.

We must firmly design the system, including how far insurance will be applied and whether it will be included in “non-insurance combined medical treatment” that can be combined with insurance practice.”

On top of that, regarding the expansion of the subsidy system to be considered as a support measure to expand insurance applications, he said, “The income limit has gradually increased, but in urban areas, when working as a married couple, there are usually households that exceed 7.3 million yen. We would like to discuss and draw conclusions as soon as possible on how to expand it and what to do with actual marriage,” he said, pointing to the idea of reaching a conclusion as soon as possible, including easing the income limit, in which the couple’s income is less than 7.3 million yen.

Minister Tamura also said, “Prime Minister Kan said, ‘We need to create an environment where not only economic support but also fertility treatment can be firmly conducted,’ and we would like to create a place for discussions between the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Cabinet Office to quickly develop an environment for working environments.”