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Proposed lifting a ban on telemedicine in principle - Started discussion for making it permanent

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Proposed lifting a ban on telemedicine in principle - Started discussion for making it permanent

November 4th, 2020

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) started discussions on making online medical care, including initial consultations, permanent at "Investigating Committee on Reviewing Guidelines on the Proper Application of Online Medical Care" held on November 2, 2020. The MHLW offered a proposal to require video consultation methods such as video communication in online medical care including initial consultations. The direction of limiting online medical care to that provided by family physicians will also be discussed from the next meeting onward. By the end of this year, the direction of the diseases and symptoms appropriate for online medical care will be compiled.

Every three months, the committee has been checking the operation status of the special measures to allow online medical care from the initial consultation after the spread of the new coronavirus and determining whether or not to continue the measures. In response to the government's policy of making online medical care permanent, the committee decided to expand the scope of discussion to the future direction after the spread of the new coronavirus is contained, and three new members have joined the committee from this meeting.

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