Japanese Health Care Essay

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Many countries have its own form of healthcare system that citizens can use in times of injury. Of these countries, Japan’s and America’s healthcare system will be discussed in this paper. In America, people who get injured and visit a hospital to receive treatment are obligated to pay money to cover fees. In Japan, many people are given free healthcare and only have to pay a small sum of money for basic healthcare. While the Japanese and American health care systems may seem similar in some regards, in actuality, the two countries’ health care systems in different in many regards. Firstly, the health care systems of both countries differ in terms of population and health status. In Japan, the total population in 2008 amounted to…show more content…
It is for this reason that many countries across the world perceive Americans as very obese people. Secondly, these two countries’ health care systems can be differentiated by rates in adult mortality, infant mortality, and causes of death. The rate of infant mortality has decreased due in large part to improved healthcare places and living conditions. These services can be attributed to economic growth. In Japan, the infant mortality rate has fallen to a rate of 3.6, making said country to have the one of the world’s lowest infant mortality (Saigusa). The Japanese have such a low birth rate because mothers are taught how to care for themselves when they are pregnant. With health care being readily available to the public, Japanese mothers can visit their local doctors to discover any medical complications that may arise during the early phases of pregnancy. In the United States, on the contrary, the infant mortality rate is extraordinarily higher than of the Japanese. According to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s article "America's Health Starts with Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?” the report found that the high infant death rate is correlated with the lack of education of the mother (3). Another contributing factor to the high mortality among infants is the lack of access to healthcare. Approximately 45 million (about 15 percent of the entire population) Americans do not have any form of insurance (O'Connor).
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