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Smoking, being overweight to increase health premiums

Date Posted: 2007-07-25

Being overweight will not only affect the waistline next year, but also the wallet. The same applies to people who smoke or have other bad habits.
Implementation of the Japanese health insurance system reform next spring will see citizensí weight and other health data recorded on their national health cards, and bad habits will cost. An official says data collected will lead to individuals being assigned numerical health factors. Being overweight will lead to a high number, and to higher national health insurance premiums.
Similarly, officials say, those who quit smoking, or lose weight or kick other bad habits, will see their premiums reduced.

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