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Japan to gauge extent of doctor shortage

May 31, 2010

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— With a shortage of doctors having brought medical services in Japan’s provincial regions to the brink of collapse, the country’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has begun its first-ever nationwide survey of hospitals to measure the extent of the problem.

Though the ministry has conducted regular surveys to learn the numbers of doctors, this is its first survey focusing on the gap between the number of doctors working and the number of doctors needed.

The latest survey aims to precisely measure the shortage and the uneven distribution of doctors across the country. The ministry began distributing questionnaires via prefectural governments Friday.

The ministry plans to compile an outline of the survey result as early as this summer.

Though the government plans to significantly increase the number of prospective doctors, it does not know how many doctors will be necessary to cover the current shortage.

Experts assume the numbers differ among regions and medical specialties, but there have been no comprehensive national data compiled on the point.

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

How is that 'Canadian' health 'Welfare' program working anyway?

Once Posercare takes care of the millions and millions and millions of people that can't pay their own way....America will be as swell as the PAD nest of Canada.

"Dr. Anne Doig, the new president of the Canadian Medical Association, says Canada’s health care system is “sick”, according to an interview in the Canadian Press.

As originally reported by Jennifer Graham (CP): “Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country - who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting - recognize that changes must be made.” She added, “We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize.”

Dr. Doig continued: “We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands….(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now - if it keeps on going without change - is not sustainable.”

"Hope and Change" Bwhahahahahaha!

Stimulus, Where's My Money, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

At least the 'Canucks' have doctors. They just need to eliminate the old one's needing medical care.

"Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model

TORONTO (Reuters) – Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate "incentive fees" to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit -- an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It's likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation. Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 percent of the population by 2036."

Stimulus, Save Us Bent, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

Like Poser's money, Doctors grow on trees.

People that never have had a Doctor because they are so 'unfortunate' will not 'Mind' a Doctor shortage since they never had one to begin with. I hope Posercare 'Camps' are run as 'Efficiently' as the DMV is or the Athletic Department Money at Larryville Schools.

Stimulus, Spread The Wealth, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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Liberty_One 3 years, 10 months ago

Shortages are a sign that markets are not being allowed to function properly. Expect news of this type coming from the US in the next few decades with our ever-increasing government control over the economy.

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