Japan man dies after hospitals reject him 36 times


TOKYO—A 75-year-old Japanese man died after 25 hospitals refused to admit him to their emergency rooms 36 times over two hours, citing lack of beds or doctors to treat him, an official said Tuesday.

The man, who lived alone in a city north of Tokyo, called an ambulance after suffering breathing problems at his home in January.

Paramedics rushed to his house but were told in turn by all 25 hospitals in the area that they could not accept the man because they did not have enough doctors or any free beds, a local city official said, adding some institutions were contacted more than once.

The ambulance eventually made a 20 minute drive to a hospital in neighbouring Ibaraki prefecture, but the man was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The cause of death has not been made public.

One of the paramedics told Jiji Press they had never experienced “a patient being rejected so many times”.

The city of Kuki, where the man lived, in Saitama prefecture, has asked hospitals in the region to improve their emergency room capacity, the official said.

Public healthcare in Japan is heavily subsidised and generally of a high global standard.

But commentators warn that with a population that is living longer and with fewer young people entering the workforce, healthcare operators could become increasingly strained over the coming decades.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

    Then recruit health care professionals from the Philippines, 

    • wgd82

      Ayaw na nila kasi sabi ni Villar, mababang klase lang ang mga health care professionals natin… hahahaha… poor Villar… political suicide…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETIVE4H6I7ZVBAL72HE3VLGCA4 nicosan

    we have oversupply here… :) hire them..

    • marienkind

       They do want to hire us but only 2 people passed their standards out of 200 the last time they tried.

      • http://twitter.com/IsaGanee TheVi11ain

        Yes, that’s right. The problem is not competence and knowledge in medical field but the language. I heard that the Japanese government will try to make the exams easier like using Katakana characters more instead of Kanji and also adding hours to the exam time. Filipino nurses, start learning Nihongo now.  :)

  • MNLFoodcritic

    Oh yes, we have the best nurses and doctors here. Just hire them all and we will take care of you. Just be sure to pay us!

    • johnvforeighner

      I don’t think Doctors from the Philippines would qualify to work in Japan, they don’t in many other countries, which is why they only apply to be nurses, and even then they require further training – fact.

  • Pablo Juan

    In my home town, somebody had a heart attack and was admitted to a local clinic.. the doctor was able to stabilize him a bit but said he needs to be sent to the provincial hospital asap.. he says ok and a family member went out to look for the driver of the municipal ambulance…the relative came back and told him he was able to talk to the driver and that he needs money for gas since the municipio didnt have gas budget. Upon hearing that the man had another heart attack and died. True story.

  • chimney45

    c cynthia villar ang kelangan isang tanga

  • Mux

    It’s hard to believe something like this happened in Japan.

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