Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan by David A. Wise
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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

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Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan by David A. Wise

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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 "Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan, " contributors explore the structural characteristics of the health care systems in both nations, the economic incentives underlying the systems, and how they operate in practice. Japan s system, they show, is characterized by generous insurance schemes, a lack of gatekeepers, and fee-for-service mechanisms. The United States structure, on the other hand, is distinguished by for-profit hospitals, privatized health insurance, and managed care. But despite its relative success, an aging population and a general shift from infectious diseases to more chronic maladies are forcing the Japanese to consider a model more closely resembling that of the United States. In an age when rising health care costs and aging populations are motivating reforms throughout the world, this timely study will prove invaluable. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226902920
ISBN-10: 0226902927
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 166mm x 21mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David A. Wise

David A. Wise is the John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and director of Aging and Health Care Programs at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Naohiro Yashiro is professor of economics at the International Christian University and former president of the Japan Center for Economic Research.

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