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Chemical sensitivity syndrome to make list of gov't-insured medical conditions in Japan

Tuesday 16 June 2009

Cherry blossomsJapan's Mainichi Daily News reports that "Chemical sensitivity syndrome will make the list of illnesses used in electronic medical charts and electronic treatment fee claim forms."

The article goes on:

The Medical Information System Development Center (MEDIS-DC), an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, is planning to make the revision effective Oct. 1.

This marks the first time the government has officially recognized the condition. Whether or not a condition is covered by health insurance is based on this list, and the addition of chemical sensitivity (CS) syndrome is expected to bring relief to the estimated 700,000 people who suffer from the condition and are currently paying treatment expenses.

In May, the Tokyo-based organization Sick House Syndrome Liaison Committee, which had urged the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to officially recognize CS as a medical condition, was advised by the ministry to submit an application for approval to MEDIS-DC. The committee was contacted by MEDIS-DC on June 1 with news that it planned to add CS to the list on Oct. 1.

The full article can be found here.

 


 

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