Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to promote the advanced medical technology industry as part of a plan to breathe new life into the economy – but the country’s doctors’ lobby is opposing what they say is risky surgery.
Health care has become the latest battleground in Abe’s efforts to craft a strategy to engineer growth in the world’s third biggest economy, the so-called “Third Arrow” of his economic turnaround plan.
The plans include changes to the country’s universal health insurance system – as cherished in Japan as the National Health Service is in Britain – in order to boost growth by increasing demand for innovative drugs and medical devices.
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