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Japan reviews medical system ahead of possible 6th COVID wave

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Ah the glacial pace of the Japanese governmental/bureaucratic system.

Review hospitals after 5th wave??? Not first wave???

Absolutely useless!

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Asking? The government shouldn’t be asking, they should be ordering in this situation.

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Good! But this should have been done at least a year ago!

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The health ministry has begun reviewing Japan's health care system in preparation for a possible sixth wave of coronavirus infections, following numerous cases of people dying at home during the previous resurgence.

(ahem)...We're only one year and a half into a world pandemic...

*In addition to asking existing medical institutions to secure sufficient hospital beds, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare also plans to increase the number of temporary medical facilities such as gyms and strengthen coordination of personnel, according to officials.*

Some serious "urging" coming your way, guys. Beware!...not...

It also asked local governments to consider utilizing provisions under a revised infectious disease law, which allows the authorities to release the names of hospitals that do not have a valid reason for noncompliance.

That will teach 'em! Worse case: it will act as a free advertisement for hospitals who do not treat COVID.

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Some people are doubting the vaccines.

President of Croatia: We will not be vaccinated anymore | Covid-19

https://youtu.be/cXTGgup_Yto

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""It also asked local governments to consider utilizing provisions under a revised infectious disease law, which allows the authorities to release the names of hospitals that do not have a valid reason for noncompliance.""

This was suggested by one of JT readers few weeks ago, publishing the names of these NONcompliance Hospitals is a very good idea, the public will fight back and get them to comply when their revenues drop.

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And the LDP just keep surfing the waves (and jumping the shark).

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This was suggested by one of JT readers few weeks ago, publishing the names of these NONcompliance Hospitals is a very good idea, the public will fight back and get them to comply when their revenues drop.

That only works under the assumption their revenues drop, the reason why some private hospitals do not comply with treating COVID patients is because their regular patients would stop visiting the hospital, which coupled with the extra cost and low profits from treating COVID patients would mean losing revenues. For those hospitals being named as "non COVID" could actually increase the number of patients and profits.

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Yes, healthcare system clearly needs a shot on the arm

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6th wave……..they still making up a bunch of nonsense.

It hasn’t stopped for over a year and a half now! There are no waves.

and, as usual, Japan is late to the party.

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First something needs to be done about private hospitals in this country, all these small hospitals are doing is running elderly community centers where people over 60 goes to socialize and to get over priced subscriptions that they don't really need. Ever wonder why everyone wants to run a private clinic? Time to regulate.

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Better late than never i guess.

Geeze Japan .

Better take care of the aging population so you can force them to work until they are 70 before they can receive their pensions that never happen.

Don't allow them to die at home quietly because they cannot receive medical treatment .

Even after they were forced to pay for health insurance they couldn't receive.

Japanese citizens are too complacent and need to rise up about health care.

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That only works under the assumption their revenues drop, the reason why some private hospitals do not comply with treating COVID patients is because their regular patients would stop visiting the hospital, which coupled with the extra cost and low profits from treating COVID patients would mean losing revenues. For those hospitals being named as "non COVID" could actually increase the number of patients and profits.

Revenues of most private hospitals are from the national healthcare insurance. They are already semi-public institutions responsible for treatment under nationwide health crisis.

Few people may expect or request plastic surgeons or animal doctors to become also cooperative (even though I believe their skills could still contribute to the rollout campaign). A problem is that some hospitals have kept refusing covid patients although having received state subsidy for cooperation to fulfill profit shortfall amid the pandemic. That's a serious breach. Non-compliant bars/restaurants, other "risky" businesses are subject to name & shame publicity, swindlers subject to prosecution. Why are hospitals exempted? Let's be fair.

Aside from money issues, healthcare professionals have been fast-tracked, prioritized for vaccinations and will continue to be so for upcoming boosters, in the hope that they come to work in the frontline. I hear some doctors and nurses GO-TO traveling after taking double shorts. If they are unable or unwilling to cooperate, leave the queue to let other vulnerable people to take jabs.

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it seems that many people here agree that private hospitals should be treating these Covid-19 patients, myself included. So, a few weeks ago I asked my student, who is one of the top covid doctors in my prefecture, this same question. He said that many of these private hospitals would be unable to provide adequate care for these patients, as the doctors often specialize in something unrelated and are a bit incompetent. Based upon my experience with doctors here in the countryside, it is a very good point.

There is some work being done to change existing laws that prevent treatments outside of hospitals so that those in the covid hotels could receive antiviral treatments, but the possible benefits would be minimal.

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80% of the 8,000 hospitals are private. There are many very good private hospitals. Had an operation in one and regular treatment in another. Both were better than the local university hospital which just had too many patients. Had a cancer op at an excellent public hospital in Kobe.

So they are not all the same. All private hospitals are bad. All public ones are good.

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They better get on it and also make a permanent pandemic response system because I fear these types of pandemics will continue anew with global travel and environmental encroachment into areas where wild animals such as bats live.

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He said that many of these private hospitals would be unable to provide adequate care for these patients, as the doctors often specialize in something unrelated

Obvious point that's usually overlooked by everyone when discussing hospitals/clinics that don't admit infectious diseases cases

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There is some work being done to change existing laws that prevent treatments outside of hospitals so that those in the covid hotels could receive antiviral treatments, but the possible benefits would be minimal

Why would the possible benefits be minimal?

If that's possible now wouldn't that have translated to saving at least a few of those who died outside hospitals, in best case scenario everyone of them?

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Well, well, well. That only took the better part of two years. Must be based on the US healthcare model.

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That only works under the assumption their revenues drop, the reason why some private hospitals do not comply with treating COVID patients is because their regular patients would stop visiting the hospital, which coupled with the extra cost and low profits from treating COVID patients would mean losing revenues. For those hospitals being named as "non COVID" could actually increase the number of patients and profits.

Agree.

If I ever needed noncovid medical consultation then the first hospitals/clinics I would consider going to are those known to be not admitting covid cases

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Well, well, well. That only took the better part of two years. Must be based on the US healthcare model.

That struck me as really odd.

Aside from the took the better part of two years bit, where did you based that on?

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So, after 5 waves the government finally figured out it should prepare for the next one.

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So, after 5 waves the government finally figured out it should prepare for the next one.

Maybe they assumed vaccines would fix everything; they now finally figured out they don't.

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6th wave……..they still making up a bunch of nonsense.

It hasn’t stopped for over a year and a half now! There are no waves.

Um, check this out then: https: //www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/japan/

You could say that Japan has a textbook case of five waves, each one so far bigger and spikier than the last. Let's hope the J-gov gets its act together, or we're in for a rough winter.

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So reassured to know it's begun considering what to do. Hopefully it'll be ready to start eyeing, mulling and leaning before the next pandemic starts. 'Course normally, if an organisation here tells you they're 'giving something deep consideration', you know it's already been binned. I would so love to be proven wrong.

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The only WAVE has been testing waves. Test 10,000 one month, 300 tests the next month. That is a WAVE.

In regards to "reviewing" the medical system...A bunch of 70-80 year old men "panel of experts, with no degree, no common sense, and a total disregard for science", will burp, fart, and suck maskless teeth, scratching their butts trying to figure out what to do. The meeting will conclude, with nothing accomplished except wasted time/wasted tax dollars.

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Why would the possible benefits be minimal? If that's possible now wouldn't that have translated to saving at least a few of those who died outside hospitals, in best case scenario everyone of them?

according to the data in Japan the antiviral cocktails that are being used only reduce COVID symptoms by about 5%. It sounds low to me but that's what this expert said.

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according to the data in Japan the antiviral cocktails that are being used only reduce COVID symptoms by about 5%. It sounds low to me but that's what this expert said.

Could you point us to the source please?

Of course 5% reduction in symptoms is unarguably low but what I'd like to see is the reduction if any, in deaths because that to me is the most important benefit

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Ah the source is your student, hmm, well maybe next time he can share other important details regarding covid treatm

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Another reason that there should be no money-making private healthcare institutions......what kind of doctor or medical professional turns away a sick person when they can help them?

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