Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

A FUNDAMENTAL STUDY TOWARDS RESTRUCTURE OF MEDICAL SERVICE SYSTEM AS NATIONAL POLICY

Author

Eiji Satoh

Institution

Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University

Abstract

Objectives: In Japan, medical facilities are broadly divided into 3 categories: facilities established by public administration, public medical facilities complied with public administration established facilities, and private medical facilities. When paying attention to the location of these facilities, it is notable that the facilities in the first two categories are located in central area or frontier province through national policy, while the location of private medical facilities are associated with economic activities. However, in today’s Japan, national medical facilities are being forced to integrate or discontinue. Taking such situation into account, in order to secure equity in medical service for public, this study conducts fundamental investigation through capturing the location of medical facilities that should be improved by national policy.

Methods: A relationship between the location of medical facilities and the residents receiving medical service was analyzed using GIS. In this paper, by comparing the location of medical facilities in Kanagawa prefecture and Iwate prefecture, the service system of medical facilities is discussed.

Results: As a result, it became evident that there is a big difference in medical service system between the prefectures.

Conclusion: This indicates that the characteristics of each prefecture must be reflected in service system establishment.