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Health Care System in Japan

The health care in Japan provides healthcare services, including screening examinations, prenatal care and infectious disease control, with the patient accepting responsibility for 30% of these costs while the government pays the remaining 70%. Japan’s Health-Care System Has Many Advantages, but May Not Be Sustainable. Payment for personal medical services is offered through a universal health care insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee.  Patients are free to select physicians or facilities of their choice and cannot be denied coverage. Hospitals, by law, must be run as non-profit and be managed by physicians. For-profit corporations are not allowed to own or operate …

Healthcare in Japan “A Personal Experience”

Several years ago I decided to visit Osaka for a holiday. Within 24 hours of arriving I developed mild abdominal discomfort and profuse diarrhea. I knew that this was probably linked to some of the street food I had eaten in Bangkok. Before I go into details about the Japanese healthcare system, let me get one thing straight-Japanese people live longer than most people on this planet and it is not due to the healthcare system but because of their healthy lifestyle. Anyway, I had such severe cramps that I decided to see a doctor and get something that would stop the diarrhea. However, unlike the US, Japan does not …

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