Japan is one of the most developed countries in Asia. Universally known for its cutting edge precision technology, it has recently been making waves in the medical tourism industry. It has one of the most efficient health systems in the world, wherein universal healthcare has been in existence from as early as 1961. It has one of the world’s highest life expectancy rates and the lowest infant mortality rates. Universal health care funds every citizen's health needs from consultation and examination, to treatment and even surgery.
According to the World Health Organization’s report in 2000 on healthcare systems of all its member countries, Japan has the tenth best healthcare system in the world, with quite a big investment in the medical industry.
It is mandatory for all people to have health insurance coverage, the responsibility of which is shared by employed people, their employers, as well as the government. A network of public and private hospitals caters to all the medical needs of citizens, as well as medical tourists who visit Japan.
The central, as well as the local governments in the country participate in making healthcare available to all its citizens. People have the option of choosing any physician or hospital and cannot be denied service. All hospitals have to function as non-profit organizations. Also, medical and healthcare facilities and institutions can only be owned and operated by qualified doctors and physicians.
Most of the hospitals in the country are privately owned, but the government keeps a strong check on the cost of treatments through effective regulations. Medicines, consultations and treatment are offered at flat rates decided by the government, which in turn eliminates competitive pricing. The government also pays for all medical costs that exceed a certain established monthly amount.
Japan has one of the best medical infrastructures in the world. It has more than one and half times the number of acute beds as compared to countries like Germany, Korea and United States of America. All the hospitals are equipped with instruments like Magnetic Resonance Instruments that make for a quick and correct diagnosis of the medical problem.
The Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JCQHC) established in 1995 is responsible for the accreditation of all hospitals and healthcare systems in the country and ensures best standards and high reliability in the field. There is a strict procedure that needs to be followed before the hospitals are accredited with healthcare professionals, lawyers, insurers, labor organizations, and consumers participating in the evaluation of facilities.
All Japan Hospital Association (AJHA) has over 2,000 member hospitals that include private hospitals, which accounts for approximately 29% of hospitals in Japan. This organization is involved in implementing best practices and research to make advancements in medical treatments, as well as administration. They ensure high quality and effective healthcare service in Japan.
Most doctors practicing in Japan have international study experience and are emerging as specialists, especially in the field of cancer and regenerative medicine treatments. They are supported by the high level of technology that is the hallmark of the Japanese way of doing things.
Though highly affordable, quality of treatment and facilities is in no way compromised. Medical tourists get language assistance and are provided with a safe and secure environment to receive treatment.
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