Structural changes required to make Japan’s health system sustainable, according to Economist Intelligence Unit report

  • Challenges from ageing populations and covid-19 are putting pressure on Japan’s health system
  • Japan’s health system falls behind its peers in terms of long-term strategic perspective
  • Price review and setting mechanism introduces unintended inefficiencies in the health system and act as a brake on structural reform

TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 23 September 2020 – Japan’s healthcare system has kept the country remarkably healthy with relatively minor changes for nearly six decades. The system provides universal care, extensive coverage and the most innovative treatments at a cost that is accessible to all. Yet the scope of coverage in the Japanese system obscures the extent to which policymakers have put off making necessary but difficult choices. In particular, the lack of regulation of demand for health services, the pressures of an ageing population and the underdeveloped system for determining cost-benefit for health investments could paralyse Japan’s healthcare system as the

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