Record 16,381 people refused hospital admission 3 times or more

Posted on July 23, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A record 16,381 people in serious condition were refused admission by hospitals three times or more during ambulance transport in 2010, up 3,217 from the previous year, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday.

The agency said the rise came as hospitals are yet to be prepared to receive an increasing number of elderly patients in aging Japan.

Among the reported cases, 727 people were rejected 10 times or more, with a 60-year-old man in Tokyo rejected the most, 41 times.

He had to wait more than three hours while ambulance crews kept searching for a hospital that could accept him, according to the agency.

As reasons for rejection, 21 percent of hospitals responding to the agency’s survey said it was because they were engaged in operations or dealing with other patients, and another 21 percent cited lack of medical staff or equipment.

About 19 percent of hospitals said their beds were fully occupied.

The agency has been releasing related surveys since 2007. It was the fourth consecutive year that more than 10,000 people in serious condition were refused hospital admission three times or more.

For young people aged under 15, including those mildly to moderately ill, there were 10,924 cases in which they were refused at least three times. There were 587 similar cases for pregnant women.

(Mainichi Japan) July 23, 2011


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Interesting (but unfortunate) figures – thanks for that. I thought the US was alone in this practice; how completely and totally wrong I was…

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