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Health insurance coverage for conservative lymphoedema treatment in Japan

Junko Sasakura, Kayoko Sato, Patrick Wagner, Tsunenori Arai, Yoko Yoshida
21 March 2018

Petitioning for the necessity of complex physical therapy started in the early 2000s and led to the provision of one-time prophylactic guidance for the management of lymphoedema for cancer patients and a partial reimbursement for compression garments in 2008. In 2016, complex physical therapy itself became part of the national health insurance system. This change was a major step in the right direction, but a number of tasks remain, such as inclusion of all kinds of lymphoedema regardless of the underlying cause.

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