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Hospitals log slimmer losses in 2012 after government-set medical fee hike

JIJI

Hospitals logged slimmer losses in fiscal 2012 on average thanks to a rise that year in the government-set medical treatment fees, health ministry data showed Wednesday.

The average annual loss stood at ¥11.37 million, down from ¥29.32 million in the previous year, according to the results of a health ministry survey presented to the Central Social Insurance Medical Council.

Public hospitals remained in the red on average, while private hospitals enjoyed profits. But both sectors saw their performance improve, the survey found.

For clinics, the average result was ¥17.87 million in profit, up by ¥1.16 million from the previous year.

The average annual salary of doctors running their own clinics stood at ¥27.87 million, down 1.1 percent.

Meanwhile, doctors at national hospitals saw their salary increase 1.1 percent to ¥14.91 million. At other public hospitals, the average was off 0.3 percent at ¥15.17 million, while the average at private hospitals rose 2.8 percent to ¥15.89 million.

The Japan Medical Association is requesting an increase in treatment fees in the upcoming fee revision to be implemented in fiscal 2014. The Finance Ministry so far is against this.