The economics of health care in Japan

Naoki Ikegami

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Japan's health care system balances universal coverage at reasonable cost. The government has taken on the responsibility of acting as insurer and subsidizing health care spending for the employees of small enterprises and the self-employed. Despite the fee-for-service form of payment, costs have been contained by the use of a nationally uniform fee schedule that is mandatory for all providers. However, the increasingly affluent and aging population is making new demands on the system that can only be met by a major restructuring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-618
Number of pages5
Issue number5082
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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