Japan to make telehealth permanently available
In response to the Prime Minister’s directive on digital transformation, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan will launch a discussion to determine a scope of telehealth services that the MHLW approves. Telehealth, in which patients can virtually see their primary care doctors, was made available temporarily in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare reached an agreement to make telehealth permanently available with the Minister in charge of regulation reform and the Minister of Digital Transformation. The Japan Medical Association (JMA) has expressed its opposition towards the decision.