Health insurance and health policy, American and Japanese style: lessons of comparative experience

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Abstract

This paper considers how American and Japanese policymakers might learn from their mutual experience with health insurance and health policy. Each country views itself as a health care leader in their respective areas of strength. Each country is characterized by distinctive patterns of health care organization and financing. Yet, policy analysts on both sides are intrigued and often envious of the other's success. Americans can learn from the central regulation of Japanese national health insurance and from Japan's stellar health status and its recent political commitment to long-term care. The Japanese can learn from the active role of payers and other organizations in the United States in controlling volume, assuring quality of care, and designing alternative health care delivery systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-135
Number of pages15
JournalJapan and The World Economy
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1993

Keywords

  • Comparative policy
  • Government policy
  • Health care markets
  • Health policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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