(Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima town in push to exempt evacuees from medical fees
Source: Asahi Shinbun AJW
Author: TAKAAKI TAMURA
Date: August 03, 2012
The town of Namie, in the no-entry zone surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is set to issue its own radiation dose book for evacuees this month in the hope it will lead to a national system exempting book holders from medical fees.
In deciding to introduce the health book system, Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba cited distrust of the central government.
Namie residents and others from municipalities within the no-entry zone are eligible for free health care through February under a provisional plan.
But Baba said health hazards due to radiation exposure, particularly among women and children, will likely remain a concern for the rest of their lives.
“Even if the central government tells us that we will be all right as long as our radiation doses are kept under 20 millisieverts a year, we cannot take it literally,” he said.
Published: August 3rd, 2012 at 10:56 am ET