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Toward a New Perspective

  • Yoneyuki Sugita
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Abstract

This chapter, the introduction, surveys historiography concerning the development of Japanese medical insurance programs. Then, it explains three new perspectives in terms of the development of medical insurance programs in Japan—placing emphasis on the external environment, especially Japan’s changing status in international society; making detailed, scientific, and empirical studies based on the analysis of primary documents about the roles of the government; and relativizing the importance of World War II.

Keywords

Healthcare expenditure Healthcare system Health insurance National Health Insurance Japan Medical Association Ministry of Health and Welfare Social security Social insurance Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) Welfare 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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