Japan's Universal Health System

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Japan's Universal Health Care System November 7, 2012 MIBC 101 Instructor: Sonya Pedro by: Ayannah M Taylor

Japan is known as Nippon 日本 meaning “Nation of the rising Sun,” and is a modern country with a democratic government in East Asia. Its population of 127,000,000 is very compacted on the island nation. Japan is composed of 4 islands: Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Japan ranks number 10 in the world's population and its main capital city - Tokyo has the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million people residing there.

I like the fact since 1961 the government of Japan has been providing Universal Health Care plan to its citizens. The Japanese modeled their 1st healthcare system from the Germans in 1883 by Chancellor Bismarck. In the 1920's the 1st people insured for healthcare in Japan were industrial workers and miners. Those who were excluded, were self employed and companies with less than 5 workers. After War Word II, many other class factions and workers were included in the health care plan.

I prefer the Japanese Universal Health Care plan compared to the one here in the United States due to the fact the Nipponese/Japanese don't have to pay exorbitant fees in terms of their co-payments and premiums like here in the United States and it doesn't matter if they have pre-existing conditions. Premiums in Japan are based on a person's income and their ability to pay. There are no preconditions which can stop them from receiving treatment or go into bankruptcy if the person or a relative becomes severely ill like here at home. They can choose their own private practitioners or physicians as citizens of the US. However, unlike us, they don't have to make appointments and can be seen right on the spot. Many people in the United States, I believe would like this part of the Universal Japanese Heath Care system.

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