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Jonathan E. Rodnick, Izumi Yokoyama & Michael D. Fetters

In: The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

Chapter 15: Health Care in Japan: Excellent Population Health, Low Medical Expenditures, yet Ambiguous Place of Primary Care

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Health Care in Japan: Excellent Population Health, Low Medical Expenditures, yet Ambiguous Place of Primary Care
Health Care in Japan: Excellent Population Health, Low Medical Expenditures, yet Ambiguous Place of Primary Care
Jonathan E. RodnickIzumi YokoyamaMichael D. Fetters
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The Japanese experience one the longest life expectancies of any country in the world, yet spend modestly on medical care – in 2011, only 10.0 percent of Japan's gross domestic product. They use high technology imaging intensively and surgical procedures less intensively.

We believe one key to this paradox is easy access to medical care. The Japanese see physicians almost twice as frequently as any other people. Universal health coverage makes care financially accessible. Japanese private solo practitioners work long hours, providing time-accessible care. Japan's high population density makes care geographically accessible for the majority of the population living in ...

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