PS health visits Japan to explore Universal Health Coverage success.

PS health visits Japan to explore Universal Health Coverage success.

PS health visits Japan to explore Universal Health Coverage success.










Japan May 6, 2018 – The Principal Secretary (PS) for Health Eng. Peter Tum is on a one week study tour of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Japan, organized by the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA).

The Universal health coverage is among the Government four big agendas to stimulate national development and part of the sustainable development goals U.N aim to achieve by 2030 by ensuring every person can obtain the health care services they need without suffering financial hardship.

Japan is considered to be the world leaders in UHC. On Monday June 4, the PS met the Director General of Human Development Department, Ms. Mitsuko Kumagai, at JICA Headquarters to explore the history of Japan’s UHC and current Japan health system and governance structure to ensure financial risk protection.

The PS was taken through the Management of Public Hospitals in Japan and the Stakeholders involvement and consensus building to ensure financial risk protection, by Mr. Masashi and Mr. Satoshi Iida Ito from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and JICA headquarters respectively.

On Wednesday 6, the PS visited the Niiza City Hall, Saitama Prefecture to examine the roles of Municipality in National Health Insurance system where the Dr. Yoichi Funakoshi, the Assistant Director of Horino-uchi Hospital, Niiza City briefed him on Claim submissions and reimbursement, a case study of a private health facility.

 The health care system in Japan provides healthcare services, including screening examinations, prenatal care and infectious disease control, with the patient accepting responsibility for 30% of these costs while the government pays the remaining 70%. Payment for personal medical services is offered by a universal health care insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee.

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