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Old 02-04-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A 69-year-old Japanese man injured in a traffic accident died after paramedics spent more than an hour negotiating with 14 hospitals before finding one to admit him, a fire department official said Wednesday.

The man, whose bicycle collided with a motorcycle in the western city of Itami, waited at the scene in an ambulance because the hospitals said they could not accept him, citing a lack of specialists, equipment, beds and staff, according to Mitsuhisa Ikemoto.

FOXNews.com - Injured Japanese Man Dies After 14 Hospitals Refuse to Admit Him - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I saw a special on PBS once where they were talking about how bad the medical situation was for those without insurance. You don't even get emergency service.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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I saw a special on PBS once where they were talking about how bad the medical situation was for those without insurance. You don't even get emergency service.
Japan does have national health insurance, therefore the man was presumably covered.

According to the linked article, 14 different hospitals contacted by the paramedics at the scene of the accident refused to admit the injured man, citing a lack of specialists, equipment, beds and staff.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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^^ indeed, this is shocking news and shows how japans aging population and lack of workforce is really hurting our country. Japan has "universal healthcare" and in 2006-2008 was ranked the second best healthcare system in the world (after france which has fully socialized). But japan doesnt have enough people working, and its just going to keep getting worse since we have one of the lowest birthrates on earth.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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Japan does have national health insurance, therefore the man was presumably covered.

According to the linked article, 14 different hospitals contacted by the paramedics at the scene of the accident refused to admit the injured man, citing a lack of specialists, equipment, beds and staff.
they do have NHI, but they pay doctors so little that most of the specialists have left Japan. Front line had a great show outlining 4 countries different universal health care systems, Japan has a problem where the government does not pay enough, and doctors and hospitals are going under at a high rate.
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