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Japanese healthcare and wellness offers access to state-of-the-art procedures at reasonable prices

Japan is a recent entrant to the medical tourism field. This is great news for many who until recently were unaware or not able to access the highly regarded and detail-oriented technical skill of Japan’s surgeons, advanced medical equipment and exceptional health screening facilities. While the cost of living is a bit higher in Japan than in most other countries in Asia, the fees for healthcare are surprisingly low. In addition to world-renowned medical centers, Japan has an abundance of hot springs (“onsen”), natural wonders, vibrant urban centers, wonderful food and a culture of hospitality.

Japan Medical Tourism Highlights

Japan has about 185,000 hospitals and clinics, offers state-of-the-art healthcare for virtually any condition or disease, and boasts advanced technologies and high success rates in surgical procedures. Some noteworthy high points:

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Are Japanese Interested in Outbound Medical Tourism?

Medical tourism—which takes in anyone who crosses international borders to receive medical care—is a very healthy industry. Patients Beyond Borders believes the market is worth between US$24 and $40 billion, based on approximately eight million cross-border patients worldwide spending an average of US$3,000 to $5,000 per visit. Professor Helmut Wachowiak, an expert on tourism management at the International University of Applied Sciences at Bad Honnef in Germany, says the market is already worth $40 billion to $60 billion, and is growing at about 20 percent a year.


Japanese Hospital Visit - Seven things you need to know

Navigating a healthcare system in a foreign country is seldom easy, especially if you don’t know the system or speak the language well. Before you visit a Japanese hospital—on an emergency basisor otherwise—here are seven things you should know:


Japan's medical system provides some of the world’s best healthcare

To gauge a health-care system’s success, it’s standard to consider three points: quality, coverage, and cost. On all three measures, Japan stands at or near the top in every comparative ranking. The Japanese have the world’s longest life expectancy and the best recovery rates from just about every major disease. Infant mortality is less than half the U.S. rate. Japan usually leads the world in rankings of “avoidable mortality” -its effectiveness in curing diseases that can be cured.
- T.R. Reid, Newsweek, August 16, 2010

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