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Gov't releases names of 424 underperforming public hospitals

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By number of hospitals, Hokkaido was the highest at 54, with Okinawa the only prefecture at zero.

This number "zero" is misleading as overall Okinawa also has the fewest number of "public" hospitals, per-prefecture, in Japan, if memory serves me correctly.

Okinawa on the other hand, has an unbelievable number of "private" hospitals and clinics. There are literally hundreds of them, public and private combined, for a prefecture with a population of roughly 1.4 million people.

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Number of times the word 'underperforming' is used i the article: 5

Number of times underperforming is clearly defined in this article: 0

Money saved by just reducing the number of hospital beds: next to nothing as beds are assets they already have and rooms are spaces that already exist for those assets.

What is sounds like they want to do when you squint at the really hard at the print?: Close facilities

Look for them to follow a plan the way they did when they restructured public schools in Japan.

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Too many oldsters taking up beds and not enough people getting sick?

Is that what underperforming means?

Japan needs to up sin taxes to pay more public money into the system.

In Japan I can drink myself comatose for 1000 yen, that isn’t right.

I can also buy 3-4 packs of tobacco for one hour’s work at minimum wage!

Something is seriously wrong with the tax system in Japan.

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'underperforming' and 'hospitals' is not something I wanna read in one sentence.

Also 424 might seem only a few but this country already has a shortage of hospitals and doctors, it's is only getting worse with the graying of the society. Japan is the country with the worst doctor patient ratio if im not mistaken. 7 patients for 1 doctor? while other countries have 4 doctors per patient. No wonder the quality is going down.

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Too many oldsters taking up beds and not enough people getting sick?

They really need special hospital for this oldsters otherwise more and more bed were being occupied only give less for actual emergency for people who need it.

This country already has a shortage of hospitals and doctors, it's is only getting worse with the graying of the society. Japan is the country with the worst doctor patient ratio if im not mistaken. 7 patients for 1 doctor

Also nurse but for that one they can just bring from other countries like they do now.

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That's a tough one & not a Japan-only issue; many rural hospitals in the us, europe and oz are losing money and closures are just inevitable.

Most of those smallish (100 beds and under) hospitals are ill-equipped, understaffed and often/sometimes unsanitary. Plus they're just financially unviable.

Personally I'd rather have one well-equipped, medium size (say 200 beds) hospital 20km from home than a couple of small/crappy hospitals 5min walk from where i live (i mean if i were living in a rural/ semi rural area). Tough decisions have to be made and not everyone's going to be happy.

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The problems are people going to hospitals and clinics over simple things like colds and doctors playing along, doctors prescribing unnecessary medicine, and too many needlessly scheduled return appointments. What Japan needs is an auditing system to crack down on doctors abusing the social healthcare system to get rich.

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kurisupisu

Sin taxes? That sounds a bit puritan.

It would make much more sense if they raised corporate taxes, which were lowered last time they raised the consumption tax.

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What do U mean by under-performing ???.Not making enough money or being too kind in helping poor Japanese ???.

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The prefectures named, due to topology and transportation infrastructure, are hard-pressed to provide adequate access to hospitals to people in rural areas.

Not quite really. Okinawa is at the "top" of the list in number here, and one of the reasons they are not on the list of under-performing one's is due to a lack of public hospitals on the outer islands here.

There is a shortage of doctors, and even the "Doctor-Heli" emergency transport helicopter service is PRIVATELY run! The government should be fully funding it, but does not do so!

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