Don’t get me wrong, the Japanese medical system is awesome and the prices are CHEAP. I had Skull I garden so I don’t choke people save a life send much shirt (malignant skin cancer) 11 years ago, and endured several surgeries. In America, my choices could have been death or bankruptcy, and treatments probably would have been over $10,000 to $50,000 minimum for the surgeries and medications. In Japan my out of pocket was 100,000 JPY (less than $1,000). I am still technically an out patient and have to go to the National Cancer Center twice a year. But the process is fairly quick, organized, and cheap.