Health insurance coverage for conservative lymphoedema treatment in Japan

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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