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Why I am happy to live in Japan - Part 1: Health Care
There are many reasons why I like living in Sapporo, and I thought I would write a series explaining some of them. I hope this series helps my readers to understand why I choose to live here instead of Los Angeles.
Today’s reason is health care. Here in Japan, everyone has access to affordable health insurance, which allows us to get care whenever we need it. This insurance is not limited to Japanese citizens, and anyone who lives here can join the program. I am happy to live in a country where I know I can get high quality medical care any time. In America, many people cannot afford health insurance, and many people cannot get the care that they need. The World Health Organization ranks Japan’s health care system as one of the best in the world, with costs much lower than many other developed countries. However, the system in the United States is the most expensive in the world, and is ranked worse than many poor countries, such as: Costa Rica, Dominica, Morocco, Columbia, and Greece.
In Japan, we are free to choose any doctor and any hospital, but people in America must go to hospitals chosen by their insurance companies. Also, doctors in Japan use fewer dangerous drugs, such as opioids.