UICC-Japan/JSCO-Joint International Symposium on Global Cancer Control
How Japan can contribute to Universal Health Coverage in Asia
演題番号 : UICC2-4
1:Member of the House of Councilors of Japan, expert in global health issue
1. The expansion of demand for healthcare services for the elderly in aging societies will begin in industrialized countries and will gradually spread like a wave to affect middle- and low-income countries as well. It is anticipated that the demand for healthcare services for the elderly will eventually increase in Asian countries. Discussions on building the Universal Health Coverage in Asia should examine ways to ensure an efficient supply of services, taking into consideration this coming wave.
2. The speed of increase in the number of the elderly varies by countries. This difference generates the gap of the supply and demands for elderly care amongst the waves/countries.
3. To ensure an efficient supply of healthcare services, policymakers on the later waves should take into consideration the gap of these waves to use its follower’s advantages.
4. Due to the rapid aging of society, rising dependency ratio will be the cause of the shortage of the healthcare workers. It is difficult to be solved by any a country alone without unified corporation among Asian countries.
5. In this context, the international community should provide support for the achievement of UHC in middle- and low-income countries in a way that takes into account the aging of those societies (a country-specific approach), and should also promote collaboration among countries (an international cooperation approach).
6. To that end, further refinement of individual countries’ medical data and greater coordination and collaboration among countries will be necessary.
7. Keeping this future direction in mind, Japan—through cooperation between the public and private sectors—will now begin to make concrete contributions to human resource development, utilizing Japan’s experience, knowledge, and educational system.
8. One example of this is the Asia Human Well-Being Initiative, which Japan is promoting.