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January 5, 2008

Socialized Medicine Doesn't Work in Japan Either

Socialized medicine isn't working out too well in Japan. A woman recently died after an ambulance crew had to contact 30 hospitals before one would finally admit her. This took two hours. Her name and cause of death were not disclosed.

Her case isn't unique. Last year a pregnant woman died in Japan after 20 hospitals refused her admission because they were full.

Even AP confesses that "a government policy change several years ago to keep the number of doctors down" has been blamed for this sorry state of affairs.

Too bad government policies never try to cut costs by keeping the number of bureaucrats down.

On a tip from Lyle.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 5, 2008 2:40 PM


Do you have a link for this? Thanks
Jon VP

Posted by: Jon VanderPlas at January 5, 2008 7:21 PM

once you begin GIVING people medical care, they WILL develop all sorts of symptoms - unfortunately, there will be people who will actually be ill enough to warrant medical care.

same goes for ANYTHING not worked for.

Posted by: nanc at January 6, 2008 8:37 AM

I live in Japan and let me tell you...
When I first got here, if I got sick, people always asked me, "Did you go to the hospital?" I thought they were BS'ing until one time I had to go to the hospital and the waiting room was flooded with people. As I listened to the nurses go around and log people, everyone was saying they were there because they had a freaking cold. I couldn't believe it. I had to wait about three hours because everyone there had a cold. I won't even get started on all the taxes I have to pay.

Posted by: SBern at January 6, 2008 10:04 AM

Jon VP, the link is in the third paragraph.

Posted by: Van Helsing at January 6, 2008 10:14 AM