In the 1970s and 80s Japan experienced some deep-rooted social changes which affected attitudes to health care services among both professionals and consumers alike. Health Care in Japan provides an introduction to and overview of health and medical services in Japan at that time. It describes the historical development of modern medical care; the social, political, and cultural factors which have influenced the development of the system for the provision of health and medical services. It also discusses and analyses those aspects of the health care system which are of concern to the government and assesses how the existing system of health care will meet the needs of Japanese society in the future.
1. Introduction 2. The History of Medical Care in Japan 3. Patterns and Trends in Mortality and Morbidity 4. Government Policies and Provisions for Health Care 5. Financing Health Care 6. The Medical Care Delivery System 7. The Health ‘Industries’. 8. The Health Professions 9. The Future: Japan at a Turning-point Appendix 1 Map of Japan. Appendix 2 Chronology. Appendix 3 Exchange rates, 1955-86. Appendix 4 Ownership of Hospital Facilities, 1986. Appendix 5 Medical schools in Japan, 1986. Appendix 6 Professional Organizations and Research Institutions. Bibliography. Index.