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Japan's doctors say low fees are driving many to ruin

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:531
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    Doctors in Japan have warned that there could be an exodus from the medical profession unless the of health and welfare ministry increases the fixed fees that doctors receive for treating patients.

    The ministry—in Tokyo—sets the sums that doctors and hospitals are reimbursed for consultations, treatment, and operations by the country's social security system.

    But the Japanese Medical Association says that hundreds of hospitals and general practice clinics are now facing financial ruin because they …

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