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EDITORIAL / Govt must push for better caregivers' pay
The nation's nursing care insurance system seems to face a crucial stage.
Government-set fees for nursing care services, which are revised every three years in principle, will be raised by 3 percent overall in fiscal 2009 in an effort to secure adequate human resources and to improve the quality of nursing care services.
The latest increase mainly targets burdensome work, including services for dementia sufferers. In addition, the revision includes a raise in payments to operators of nursing homes that hire a high percentage of caregivers as permanent staff.