Japan, due to its population aging at an alarming rate, is dealing with fiscal issues regarding its healthcare system. As the elderly surpass their younger counterparts, Japan’s healthcare is burdened by the growing number of older patients with greater care needs and higher vulnerability to diseases.
In 2000, a long-term care insurance system was developed to deal with these problems and relieve the financially and medically stressed patients. More than a decade later, experts are considering new ways in which they might change the system’s structure, effectively govern their care services, and research biomarkers and treatments for disorders frequently diagnosed in old age.
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