Professor compares healthcare in Denmark and Japan

Danish eldercare
Despite a 16-year-old law in Japan requiring health care at night, coverage is poor.
During a visit at VIA University College, professor Hiromi Watanabe of Toyo University studied the Danish healthcare model and compared it to Japan. The results are now published.

If you need home care at night in Denmark, you are pretty sure to receive it. But despite a new law in Japan stating that home health care is offered at night, the coverage is poor compared to Denmark.

This is the result of a study published at a recent healthcare conference at Linköping University, Sweden. Professor Hiromi Watanabe of Toyo University in Japan, who carried out the study, was a visiting professor at VIA Faculty of Health Sciences.

During her three-month stay, Professor Watanabe examined the Danish primary health care model in order to compare with the Japanese. The starting point for Professor Watanabe’s study was the introduction of a new health coverage law introduced in Japan in 2000. The law gave rise to a new private care sector, which according to Watanabe has led to a deterioration of care for the elderly in Japan.

After investigating how elderly care services, primarily at night, are offered in different locations in Denmark, Professor Watanabe was able to show that coverage in Japan is still poor – 16 years after the introduction of the new law.

For further information about the study, please contact René Dybdal, VIA Faculty of Health Sciences, redp@via.dk or Professor Hiromi Watanabe, hwatanabe@toyo.jp.