Skip to content

Advertisement

BMC Health Services Research

What do you think about BMC? Take part in

Open Access

Health care policy and market reforms in Japan

  • Manami Hori1
BMC Health Services Research201414(Suppl 2):P58

https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-S2-P58

Published: 7 July 2014

Since health care markets are usually dictated by domestic and local policies, health care services in Japan are not so much affected by globalization at present. But in some countries, globalization has a great influence on their health care markets as medical tourism is becoming popular around the world. For example, some countries especially developing ones, can attract customers from developed countries by offering high quality health care at a cost lower than in their home country.

The Japanese government has recently acknowledged that health and medical care will certainly form a huge global market in the future. On the other hand, health care services have been under constant pressure to reduce costs for sustainability of social health care insurance. This study discusses how the policy to advance health care markets and that for sustainable social health care insurance can be made compatible in Japan and also argues the risk of policy failures.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Tokai University

Copyright

© Hori; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

Advertisement