My taxes at work

“Paranoid hospitals turning away those with fever, or with a foreign friend

As hospitals step up their precautions against swine flu, those in the Tokyo area are starting to refuse examinations to those suffering from fever and other potential influenza symptoms.

Between Saturday morning and Monday morning, 63 people were turned away, according to the metropolitan government.  None of them had a recent history of visiting countries where infections have been confirmed.

A worker at Narita International Airport was refused on the spot.

One patient was denied an examination for mentioning that they had a foreign friend.”

Wow, this makes me feel great about being a gaijin in Japan.  Especially one who pays into the National Health scheme. 

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2 comments on “My taxes at work

  1. Petra says:

    And hospitals get away with this shit?

  2. Miko says:

    Yep. A few years ago there was a huge stink when a visiting university professor died from a stroke, after being turned away from ER on the grounds that he didn’t speak Japanese.

    In all fairness, it’s happening to Japanese patients now. Most public hospitals are desperately under-staffed and over-stretched. The system is in big trouble.

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