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Payments for nursing care to rise 3%
Government-set fees for nursing care services for fiscal 2009 will be raised by 3 percent overall in an effort to improve the situation of caregivers, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry panel decided Friday.
The decision by the Social Security Council, an advisory panel to the health minister, endorsed the original plan submitted by the minister for consideration.
The rise in payments for nursing care providers will be the first since the introduction of the nursing care insurance system in 2000.
As well as trying to secure more caregivers by increasing the pay they receive, the fee …