A3.The amount the U.S. spends on healthcare is double that of what Japan spends. The number of patients who are uninsured or underinsured is rising and is affecting the cost to other Americans. Those with preexisting conditions are getting inadequate care which leads to an increased number of avoidable hospitalizations and Americans continue to struggle with rising healthcare cost. Japan has discovered a way to make healthcare cheaper for their citizens. They tend to be overall healthier, lead better lifestyles, and therefore spend less on healthcare. They then require fewer medications and treatments. In addition to this the government has placed limits to how much extra the physicians and pharmaceutical companies are able to charge, and also have set prices for every procedure and drug biannually. All of these things work well together to help keep their healthcare cost down.
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