How Many Neurosurgeons Should We Train? The Japanese Experience
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In 1995 we had about 6,500 neurosurgeons for a population of 125 million in Japan. The number of neurosurgeons per population is currently the largest of all countries in the world. In order to raise the clinical standard of neurosurgery for the benefit of the patients, it is necessary to make several actions to stabilize urgently the appropriate numbers of neurosurgeons in our country. It is considered to be worthwhile to present to the neurosurgeons in many countries the statistical data of the manpower and activities of neurosurgeons and problems regarding the medical and health care systems in Japan, which have a different medical, social and economical environment. In this paper, I would like to present the statistical data of neurosurgeons, the background of the current medical and health care problems and a proposal for solving the current situation in our country.
KeywordsNeurosurgeons in Japan specific activities of neurosurgeons statistical prediction of needs
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