*Although plans had called for elderly persons aged 70-74 (excluding those continuing to earn income at the same levels as active workers) to pay 20% of the cost of medical treatment as cost-sharing (with the remaining 80% covered by insurance benefits) starting in April 2008, implementation of this increase was put on hold. Cost-sharing for those in this category remained at 10%, with the 10% increase paid by the Japanese government.
For persons turning 70 on or after April 1, 2014 (those born on or after April 2, 1944), the cost-sharing will be 20% starting with examinations or treatments in the month following the month in which they turn 70.
*Cost-sharing will remain at 10% (20% for injury or illness caused by the actions of a third party) for persons turning 70 on or before March 31, 2014 (those born during the period April 2, 1939 through April 1, 1944).
*See here concerning individuals aged 75 or over:
Elderly persons aged 75 or over to be enrolled in Medical Care System for the Advanced Elderly.