Saturday, December 29, 2007

Oh Doctor, Where Art Thou?


Did you hear the one about the 89-year-old woman who was rejected by 30 hospitals and then died inside the ambulance that was ferrying her?


No? Well, it isn't actually a joke. It's just the latest publicized case highlighting the charade that is Japan's health care system. To be fair, one hospital did finally admit her after her heart had already stopped. They revived her but then lost her shortly after.


This episode occurred in Osaka, but it could have been anywhere.


Update [January 4, 2008]:

Here's another one. This guy got in a wreck, and was denied by a bunch of hospitals before succumbing to a loss of blood.


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