Patrick Keady

Yokoso Japan – health and healthcare

How does our healthcare system compare with the Japanese? The following statistics are from

Population density in Japan is 37% higher than here in the UK. Their Life expectancy at birth is 4% higher and Healthy life expectancy is 6% higher.


The birth rate per 1,000 people is 30% less and the proportion of the population that is obese in the Japan is one seventh that in the UK.  The percentage of daily smokers in Japan is higher – 30.3%, compared with 26% in the UK.


The percentage of people dying from circulatory disease per 100,000 people in Japan, is 75% less and the proportion of deaths from heart disease per 100,000 is four times less than in the UK. Infant mortality per 1,000 live births is 2.8 in Japan and 4.93 in the UK.


Total Expenditure on health services as % of GDP in Japan is less than in the UK – 7.8% versus 8.1%. They have almost three times as many Hospital beds per 1,000 people.


While the numbers of Physicians per 1,000 people are similar in Japan and the UK, people in Japan have three times as many consultations with Doctors.


The number of Nurses per 1,000 people in Japan is less than in the UK – 7.8, compared with 8.8 in the UK.


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