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Japan weighs allowing pharmacists to provide care for elderly

Government deregulation panel calls for greater health services efficiency

Japanese law lays out in detail exactly what responsibilities can be taken on by different health care professionals. The government is now working to loosen this far-reaching regulation. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- A government panel in Japan is set to call for the expansion of the health system by allowing caregivers and other health professionals, such as pharmacists, to share and transfer jobs between them, Nikkei has learned.

The proposal has been drawn up by the regulatory reform council, an advisory body of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and is designed to make health and elderly care services more efficient. The proposal addresses issues in as many as 70 areas.

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