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Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan
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Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan

David A. Wise and Naohiro Yashiro

Abstract

Recent data show wide disparity between Japan and the United States in the effectiveness of their health care systems. Japan spends close to the lowest percentage of its gross domestic product on health care among OECD countries, the United States spends the highest, yet life expectancies in Japan are among the world's longest. Clearly, a great deal can be learned from a comprehensive comparative analysis of health care issues in these two countries. In this book, chapters explore the structural characteristics of the health care systems in both nations, the economic incentives underlying the ... More

Keywords: health care, gross domestic product, OECD countries, life expectancies, economic incentives, insurance schemes, for-profit hospitals, privatized health insurance, managed care, aging population

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226902920
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903248.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Wise, editor

Naohiro Yashiro, editor

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