The 42nd Policy Platform Seminar: From bedside to policy formation--modern perspectives on Japanese health care

May 10, 2016


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students
Date(s) May 25, 2016 17:00 — 19:00
Location Hongo Area Campus
Venue Daiwa House Ishibashi Nobuo Hall, 3rd Floor
Capacity 100 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required

High quality care at a low cost for everyone. Under the current universal insurance system, Japan enjoys the longest life expectancy in the world at a half the cost of the United States per GDP. Because of rapidly rising cost in part due to super-aged society and advent of modern medicine, major shift in disease prevalence due to Westernization and arrival of novel infectious diseases along with globalization, the current Japanese health care system is no longer sufficient nor sustainable. A need for modern health care policy has long been advocated, but surprisingly, there has been scant interaction between the clinicians at the bedside and the policy makers. In this seminar, we invite Dr. Thomas Ciesielski from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, a specialist on patient safety and quality improvement, to talk about modern US health care policy. We then invite three active clinicians, all with ample experience abroad, to talk about current issues in medicine in Japan. We invite and anticipate fruitful discussion on how to take bedside perspectives to policy formation.

Thomas Ciesielski
“An introduction to US health policy”
Instructor of Medicine and Fellow in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Yasuharu Tokuda
“Diagnostic Error in Japan: Misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis”
Attending Physician and Medical Education Consultant, Headquarter of Japan Community Healthcare Organization Hospitals, Tokyo, Japan
CEO, General Medicine Education & Research Institute, Okinawa, Japan
Vice Director, Muribushi Project for Teaching Hospitals, Okinawa, Japan
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of General and Family Medicine

Hitoshi Honda
“Impact of antimicrobial use on the emergence of antimicrobial resistant organisms in Japan: The role of antimicrobial stewardship”
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo Metropolitan Tama General Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan

Ryotaro Kato
“Low value care in Japan”
Chief, Division of General Medicine, and Vice-Chair, Itabashi Chuo Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan
Visiting Researcher, the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy, Tokyo, Japan

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