I decided to focus on the Japanese healthcare system as was in he frontline film that we watch. I selected this because I thought Japan is a country that I would be interested in visiting at some point in my life therefore how one would receive care is an important thing to know. This film followed a journalist as he travel to and from five different countries to examine how the health care system there worked. he went to the UK, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland. During his investigation the journalist gathers information about the system from doctors, patients, and even health care policy administrators. By Doing this the audience was able to get a good understanding of the healthcare, how it affected the people and how they felt about the way that the program was set up.
With in this film I found that the healers where the Japanese doctors. Their social status is reasonable though it is difficult to become rich because of the regulated price list. The interactions between patients and doctors were very different than than in America. The average appointment last roughly 3 minutes so the patient has to be very to the point about what it is that is a concern of theirs. Another interesting thing about the primary care visits is that you never have to call ahead to make an appointment, the patient can come as often as they want, and primary visits are not might to keep them from seeing a specialist. Overall the patients are very comfortable with their doctors but the visits are very focused and quick not allowing for a deep connection to form between doctor and patient.
In Japan they have what they call social health care insurance which are these insurance policies that everyone has to buy into. This policy is obtained through an individual’s job, a community based program, or if the individual is too poor the government pays for their policy. Almost every doctor’s office is a private business. The patients enjoy going to the doctor so much that they visit the doctor about 3 times more than the average American. The Japanese also get medical scan done at a larger rate. In Japan the government makes a detail list of how much each medical procedure/item will cost. If doctors try to complete more of a certain task for additional income the next year the price of the task will go down. This price list is negotiated yearly.