Planning your elective--Japan
Mark Wilson discusses the healthcare system in Japan and gives you some tips
- By: Mark Wilson
Situated in the north Pacific, and composed of four main islands, Japan has a health care system to be proud of. Its success reflects its economic prosperity over the past 50 years. Despite this, Japan is not a popular elective destination (probably because of the language). This article gives a potted background to Japan's medical system and provides information on where to start looking if planning an elective.
Japan has a first class healthcare system, possibly because it is the second highest spender per capita on health care (8% of its national income). Infant mortality is one of the lowest in the world and longevity is one of the highest (77 years for men and 84 years for women).
In 1961, Japan set up the universal medical insurance system. This is four different insurance schemes, two of which are the employee's health insurance (covering the working population) and the national