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Japan's Health Care System
Transcript of Japan's Health Care System
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Life Expectancy in Japan:
Life Expectancy in US:
of GDP on Healthcare
of GDP in 2011)
fixed prices for all medical procedures and services
Doctor’s are overworked but see patients more often
Shortage of specialists, the
focus is on prevention
Longer hospital stays in Japan = more money earned
Average hospital LOS in US:
Average appointment length in America =
13 - 16 minutes
Tests performed + Prescriptions given = doctor's salary in Japan
Governmental regulation has eliminated competition among insurers and average premiums are set at
of the hospitals are privately owned.
MRI’s cost Japanese consumers
no matter what clinic administers the scan. To patch up a small wound (6 square inches or less) costs
and doctors have no control over what they charge each patient.
To stay in the hospital overnight costs
for a shared room and patients stay in the hospital an average of
(That’s 4X the average of American hospital stays!). These prices, while great for the consumer’s budget, may in fact be contributing to a less sustainable system with
of hospitals now facing financial deficit.
Japanese patients visit their doctor
Average appointments last
. This means doctors are seeing up to
each day, working upwards of
a week to accommodate those seeking care.
Statistics show that the Japanese are 1/4th as likely to have heart attacks than people in the United States, but when they do, their chance of dying is
Ambulatory care is weak and in one notorious case, a woman miscarried in an ambulance on the way to a
hospital after a 3-hour search driving from one hospital to another seeking an opening.