Japan's Failing "Universal" Health Care

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    Universal Health Care Spreads to Far East
    Michael Arnold Glueck and Robert J. Cihak , the Medicine Men
    January 22, 2007

    Japan's Failing Health Care

    Now, according to a recent release by the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, it is failing in Japan.

    If universal care were the genuine cure-all, the one country where it should work is Japan. They have a homogenous population, healthier lifestyle, eat more fish and soy, more vegetables and far less obesity than here.

    If universal care does not work there, why should it work anywhere?

    According to Japanese legislator Takashi Yamamoto, who was just diagnosed with cancer, "abandoned cancer refugees are roaming the Japanese archipelago." Patients are told they'll never get better, even when treatments exist, and many are not even informed of their diagnoses.

    Cancer mortality rates in Japan have been steadily climbing and are now more than 250 per 100,000, while U.S. rates are now around 180 per 100,000.

    Japanese public television showed the stark contrast. In the U.S., multiple specialists meet to discuss a cancer patient¹s care. In Japan, a single doctor usually makes the diagnosis and carries out treatment with minimal consultation.

    for full article:
    http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2007/1/22/123737.shtml
     
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    Are the Japanese overwhelming the clinics in America? No. In fact even American born citizens of Japanese ancestry go to Japan for medical treatment.

    Are you really that blind? We, as Americans, certainly have a failed system for the health care of our population. Blame it on the corporatists, blame it on the polluters of our environment, blame it on the insurers of health benefits or the lobbyists that have no intention of helping anyone other than the billionaires that pay them, our system is broken and needs to be repaired.
     
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    :rolleyes: Link? :cuckoo:
     
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    Google it for yourself, kitty.


    Nothing I say matters to you anyway, right?
     
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    I did, there's nothing.
     
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    No surprise. You did it wrong and now you think it is my fault. You are such a puss for information.
     
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    she asked you to prove your totally asanine statement; 'most japanese americans fly all the way to fucking Japan to get medical treatment' (sorry I paraphrased a bit). Even you should be able to see how ridiculously stupid your own statement is. here it is:

    So let's see said 'fact'.
     
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    This is a disingenuous quote.

    You don't think there isn't restraint and rationing in health care in America?
     
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    Here is some information about Japan.

    http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/20/5/16502622.pdf

    Of course, the cancer mortality rate may have ticked up over the last few years. However, this should not be wholly unexpected.

    http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol7/5/7-5.pdf

    So why are cancer mortality statistics higher in Japan than in the US? Because they live longer than us. That is a nice problem to have.
     
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    As I understand it, in Japan, if you have, say advanced colon cancer, you aren't going to get any treatment. Since you're going to die anyways, the thinking goes, why use more resources?
     

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