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National Healthcare FAIL: Japan

February 4th, 2009

Japan has a national health care system. It works so phenomenally well, that a 69-year old bicyclist who collided with a motorcycle was rejected from 14 hospitals yesterday.

What good is national health care, if the hospitals won’t admit the sick or injured?

More than 14,000 emergency patients were rejected at least three times by Japanese hospitals before getting treatment in 2007, according to the latest government survey. In the worst case, a woman in her 70s with a breathing problem was rejected 49 times in Tokyo.

The AP is reporting that recent events like those described above, have put the spotlight on Japan’s “shortage of doctors.” Pity,Japan’s bureaucrats don’t understand the fundamental and immutable laws of economics, one of which dictates that price ceilings result in shortages.



  • scarlett says on: February 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm


    And the news that Humana is raising its pricing on drug plans which will result in 2 million seniors dropping (or rather being pushed) out of those plans in a move to boost the bottom line proves that the “market” is a better solution? It may be a better solution for the business of healthcare, but it is certainly not a better solution for the person.

    It is a pity that what should be a fundamental human right is treated as nothing more than another profit machine.

  • David Z says on: February 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm


    Scarlett, what in the context of my post caused you to start babbling on about Humana? Nowhere did I defend the American system, which is fatally flawed, as well. The average Medicare Advantage monthly premium (I think almost all seniors are eligible for this) is something like $42/month. Put it in perspective: I’m 28 and healthy, my premiums are 5 times as expensive.

  • Monkt says on: February 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm


    Huh.Aaron Kinney just wrote an article on the same thing, except his story was from England.

  • FSK says on: February 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm


    Don’t forget the damaging effect of State licensing requirements for doctors. The State restricts the supply *AND* imposes price controls!

  • RWW says on: February 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm


    Health care should never, EVER, be seen as a “fundamental human right.”

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