The Japanese health service - An overview

N. Ikegami, S. B. Goldsmith

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Japan has experienced a dramatic improvement in health status indices during the past quarter of a century. The life expectancy at birth has risen from 63.6 years for males and 67.7 years for females in 1955 to 73.3 and 78.8 years, respectively, in 1980, the infant mortality rate has decreased from 39.8 to 7.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. Although the proportion of the gross national product (GNP) devoted to health care has risen from 3.27% to 5%, the figure still remains low when compared with most western nations. The improvement in health status indices deserves study and may have relevancy for the health care analyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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