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The Art of Balance in Health Policy: Maintaining Japan's Low-Cost, Egalitarian System
Compared to the rest of the world, Japan has a healthy population but pays relatively little for medical care. Taking a comparative perspective, the authors describe the politics of health care in Japan, the variety of providers, the universal health insurance system, and how the fee schedule constrains costs. Special attention is paid to issues of quality, to the difficul ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 13th 1998)
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It's a good, fairly comprehensive book on the Japanese health care system from provider to insurance to pharma industry to device usage. Gives good detail on the history & development of the system as well. Great focus on cost containment and how it works in Japan. Would have been better if there were a little more stats or tables. Will probably reread again at a later date.