2008 Volume 19 Issue 2 Pages 70-77
A special forum was held during the nineteenth annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry to address the possibility of health insurance being applicable to laser treatment in dentistry. Before the meeting, a questionnaires survey on this subject was carried out by the directors and discussion members of the Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry. As a result, the application of health insurance to laser treatment in dentistry was agreed by them. However, there was a majority opinion that the safety of laser treatment may be compromised by the decision. Special guest speakers presented reports on the acquisition of advanced medical treatment and the health insurance system. Furthermore, in the medical field, there were lectures supporting the organization of the health insurance system. The coverage of some laser treatment applications by health insurance began in April 2008. The Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry must encourage the improvement and reform the health insurance system to expand the coverage offered even further. In addition, we have to continue basic and clinical laser studies. It was agreed that dental practitioners and other key leaders in the medical industry need to take more responsibility for clinical laser applications.