Breaking: 25 hospitals turn man down and cite overcrowding at Japan hospitals. Sources reported Tuesday that a 75-year-old dying Japanese man was refused treatment by 25 hospitals, reportedly over a lack of doctors, nurses and beds. After two hours of being turned down, the man died.
According to Mar. 6 updated report from Epoch Times, the man, who lived in a town just north of Tokyo, called paramedics over complaints of chest pain and breathing problems.
An ambulance was dispatched to the man's residence in short order. However, he was taken to 25 hospitals and denied treatment. Officials turned the man down over a lack of beds and resources.
In one last attempt, the dying man was taken to a hospital 20 miles away. However, upon arrival, the man was unresponsive and pronounced dead a short time later.
A paramedic expressed shock over the incident and stated they never experienced a patient being refused treatment after so many attempts.
Altogether, over three hours elapsed from the time the man called until he died. Arguably, had he received prompt medical treatment, his life could have been saved.
As Japan's birth rate goes down, the population is aging. However, healthcare comes at a premium for numerous reasons and officials are hard-pressed to find ways to manage seniors with age-related illnesses.
So, 25 hospitals turn a man down and cite overcrowding in Japan. The question is: how many others will suffer the same fate before the country gets a handle on the growing crisis?