Health & Family in Japanese
Health & Family in Japanese offers an in-depth analysis of family life in Japan. The authors, who come from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, history, religion, and literature, examine the wider stakes of family affiliations in Japan. Their research examines the roles of customary concepts of family and kinship, as well as bureaucratic policies and social structures that affect family formation. They also address issues surrounding the social marginalization of vulnerable populations.
Language barriers for non-native Japanese speakers
Language barriers can create misunderstandings, conflict, and frustration in any situation. If communication is not clear, misunderstandings can lead to conflict, offense, and even violence. The result of this can be hurt feelings and wasted time. Here are some ways to break down the barriers between Japanese and non-native speakers. If you can't communicate with your patients or colleagues in the same language, hire a bilingual employee or consider using simple words when communicating.
Despite the fact that communication between native and non-native Japanese speakers is essential to providing high quality health care, language barriers can be frustrating for patients and health professionals alike. Language barriers can be overcome through patience, understanding, and conscious effort. Language barriers in healthcare are often the result of incorrect spelling or grammar, so it is crucial to train yourself to make corrections. Even if you are confident in your language abilities, linguistic barriers can occur.
As a result of language barriers, healthcare providers are less likely to provide quality care to patients. In addition to decreasing patient satisfaction, language barriers increase the cost of care and length of treatment. Fortunately, many larger healthcare institutions have begun providing interpreter services for patients, and this service improves both patient and provider satisfaction. The downside is that interpreter services cost more than patients' visits, but they can save lives.
The longevity of the Japanese people is one of the world's best. While the mortality rate from diseases is low, they have a relatively high rate from chronic conditions, such as cancer. As a result, they have the highest life expectancy of any developed nation, and their lifespans are among the longest in the world. However, there are challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges include an aging population and limited resources. The key to resolving these problems will be more collaboration among government, academia, and health care professionals.
The westernization of the diet increased energy and animal foods, and decreased salt intake. These changes began in postwar Japan and continued into the 1970s, when the Japanese economy was in crisis. The Japanese consumed more animal protein and plant-based foods, while maintaining a low-fat energy ratio. However, their BMI levels have tended to increase, although they are still lower than those in the Western world. In addition, they also ate more saturated fat, which can cause heart disease and other conditions.
As an observer of the Japanese health care system, it is important to note that the country has many strengths. It also has some weaknesses, which are inevitable. One such weakness is the lack of patient participation in the health care process. As a result, the health care system may not be as responsive to individual needs as it is in the West. Its culture is authoritarian and a physician may be viewed as the authority figure. Furthermore, the family may not be as engaged in the medical decision-making process.
While these factors are not the sole reason for the longevity of the Japanese, they may play an important role in it. For example, the high consumption of marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may help explain the longevity of Japanese people. Similarly, the high consumption of salt may be linked with a lower incidence of cancer. As a result, a typical Japanese diet may also help explain the Japanese people's longevity.
In the case of health and family, physicians in Japan are paternalistic and often disregard patients' needs and wishes. The paternalism of Japanese physicians can be traced to a number of factors, including religious beliefs and the Japanese people's general trust in nature. These factors may be at the root of the paternalism in health care and family practices, as well as a lack of patient participation in medical decision-making.
Although the Japanese healthcare system is largely successful in providing health care and family services to their citizens, it also has many weaknesses. The dilemma that observers face is how to determine which of these weaknesses are worth embracing. The Japanese portray their change as straightforward and easy, but that's far from the truth. One such observer, Professor Kassai, is trying to change the way healthcare is taught in Japan. He has even written the first part of a TV drama about family medicine in Japan.
The Japanese family system is one of the oldest in the world, and is highly structured. It emphasizes the importance of family as a unit, which goes beyond blood relations. While this system provided security for all members, it also ignored individual freedom and had an exploitative labor pattern. Although this may have been necessary, it's difficult to argue with the Japanese system. So what do we learn from our Japanese family system?
Public reporting of physician performance
The current system of Japanese health care is in dire need of reform. It relies on insurance premiums, copayments, and government subsidies to pay for healthcare. Over the years, the country has kept costs down by limiting physician fees, drugs, and equipment prices. This has allowed Japan to keep health care costs well below their Western counterparts. However, the increasing cost of health care is putting increasing pressure on Japan's economy.
There are few incentives for physicians to improve quality care, and there are few arrangements to evaluate hospital performance. The lack of standardization makes it difficult to compare the performance of physicians and hospitals. Because the health care system in Japan lacks standards and incentives for quality improvement, there are few opportunities to compare and reward providers. Moreover, doctors and hospitals may not be aware of the performance of their peers. The current system does not have a formal mechanism for public reporting of physician performance in health and family.
Nevertheless, it is a necessary step towards achieving high quality health care in Japan. The system is under tremendous strain and a lack of a transparent allocation system means that patients are unable to get the care they need. Tens of thousands of patients are turned away each year in emergency rooms. Meanwhile, the quality of care varies dramatically. In addition, cost-control measures have decreased the effectiveness of the system.
The system promotes overutilization of health care resources. Because the payment rates for medical care are lower in Japan, physicians and hospitals compensate for lower reimbursement rates by providing more services. In addition, the fee-for-service system does not limit the quantity of health care in Japan, as most countries have. For instance, Japanese physicians perform three times as many consultations per year as doctors in other developed countries.
Cost of practicing in urban areas
The rural bias of Japanese family physicians may be related to the cost of practicing health and family medicine in urban areas. Physicians are not usually hired to work in a clinic, which requires an initial investment of 94 million yen (758 000 euros) and 20 percent of the physician's own savings. Most early-career physicians work in hospitals and only open their own practices toward the end of their careers.
The Japanese government has limited authority over the distribution of physicians and caps the number of physicians in cities, so most practitioners are concentrated in urban areas. This makes it easier for physicians to compete for patients in urban areas. But patients are free to switch between urban and rural areas and can choose any physician they wish. In this way, Japan offers a unique opportunity to study the nature of health care in urban areas and rural areas.
The health care system in Japan is free, and patients can visit many healthcare institutions simultaneously. There are many specialist clinics, which deal with many common health issues. Because the Japanese healthcare system is so complex, it is difficult to evaluate the comprehensiveness of primary care. However, a study by Okkes et al.71 compared the cost of health care in Japan with other developed countries. These authors found that the primary care in Japan was generally comparable to other countries.
The Japanese are more urban than any other nation. Only a small percentage of the population lives in rural areas. In contrast, ninety-five percent of the country's population is in urban areas, with the rest living in suburban areas. Those living in rural areas tend to be home owners, but a significant proportion of urban residents remain in the city center. But as the 'bubble economy' burst, central housing has become more affordable. Younger Japanese have also returned to the city centers.