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Japan provides universal health coverage.
The current president of the 114-nation World Medical Association, Yoshitake Yokokura, an alumni of Kurume University’s School of Medicine, is calling for global universal health coverage, citing Japan’s example, which has been hailed by the World Bank as a “global model” for such coverage.(1)
Japan’s health care system is considered one of the best health care systems in the world for many different reasons, including its availability, effectiveness, and efficiency. Hospitals are one of the most important health care resources in Japan(2). The Japanese population has the longest life expectancy among all OECD countries, while health care expenditure, as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), is actually below most of the developed countries in the OECD. (3)
Japan’s basic health care policy is characterized as a combination of a tightly controlled payment system and a laissez-faire approach regarding how services are delivered. Thus, all providers, no matter whether private or public, share the same prices for their medicines, devices, and services under this nationwide cost schedule.(4)
The delivery system for health care in Japan consists of four types of facilities: hospitals, clinics, health centers providing public health services, and pharmacies providing prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Hospitals are the major and most important healthcare resource in Japan. They are classified into three groups depending upon their ownership: LPHs (Local Public Hospitals), other public hospitals (OPHs), and private hospitals (PRHs). LPHs are those operated by prefectures, municipalities, and LIACs (Local Independent Administrative Corporations-Unlike LPHs operated by local governments, LIACs have a legal status, which allows them to be more independent.); OPHs include national public hospitals and social insurance organization-owned hospitals; and PRHs are those operated by medical corporations, individuals, and others. The Koga Medical Group is a PRH.(5)
Kurume City is located in the southern part of the Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu.
The city sits in a vast plain called the “Chikugo Plain” which is home to the “Chikugo River”, the largest and longest river in Kyushu, which also happens to be one of the three wildest in Japan.
In the eastern part of the city, the Minou mountain range rises majestically in the distance. The abundance of rivers and plains in the area has fostered a rich food culture in Kurume. This has resulted in the region having one of the highest levels of agricultural production in Japan.
Throughout Kurume you will find a large variety of specialty products, such as high quality rice wine—with the area known as one of Japan's three major producers of sake—and traditional local cuisine such as eel or etsu (Japanese coilia). There are also famous dishes such as Kurume Ramen (noodles), Kurume Yakitori (barbecued chicken) and Chikugo Udon (noodles), which are as inexpensive as they are delicious. As an example, the average price for a bowl of Ramen is 664 yen.
With 34 hospitals and more than 300 clinics for a population of 300,000 people, Kurume has one of the highest ratios of doctors and medical institutions in Japan.
It was the second city in Japan to have introduced the PET technology after Tokyo.
Historically, the city has long served as a transportation hub for the island of Kyushu and this has remained strong since the introduction of the bullet train (Shinkansen) in March 2011.
It is highly convenient in terms of traffic access and is only a 45-minute drive from Fukuoka Airport.
A tendency which has remained strong since the start of operation of the bullet train (Shinkansen) in March 2011. It is highly convenient in terms of traffic access and is only a 45-minute drive from Fukuoka Airport.
Established in 1928 as the Kyushu Medical School in 1928, the hospital complex has been continually expanded and is now made up of 102,000 square meters of floor space with 1025 beds. As well as having a heliport,
Kurume University Hospital was also the second hospital among private universities in Japan to have introduced PET (Positron-emission Tomography).
Its cancer research center is considered to be a leading center at the national level and has, in 2013, opened a Cancer vaccine center. The Kurume University School of Medicine also publishes its own Medical Journal.
The city of Kurume also operates its own public health center.
A great deal of a focus is put on safety in Kurume by local authorities and with ongoing projects such as the Fukuoka BioValley Project, a leading research and development of peptide vaccines for cancer treatment, and the construction of the Kurume Comprehensive Sports Center, Kurume has all it takes to make it a dynamic and pleasant city to live in.
(1)https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/27/national/science-health/rural-fukuoka-doctor-now-leading-global-campaign-universal-health-care/#.W4Ndsn59iV4 (2)(3)(4)(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4807930/ (6) https://pregamestraining.tokyo2020.jp/en/module/search/result/?prefecture=40&municipality=203
Japan International Hospitals (JIH) system is an initiative to provide the information useful to international patients on hospitals in Japan where they may receive medical services. As well as the assistance and information they may need in order to prepare for their stay in Japan. Medical Excellence JAPAN (MEJ) assesses a hospital from aspects of not only the quality and safety of its medical services, but also its medical system, and its efforts to accept international patients, and then recommends the hospital that has met the criteria. MEJ also provides the list of recommended hospitals and the information on their medical services.