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Medical helicopters flew 5,635 times in fiscal 2008 ended this March, or more than six times more than when Japan launched aeromedical services in 2000, a medical society reported Saturday.

The number of hospitals participating in the service rose to 18 from only five in the first year, but expanding that will require more finances and medical staff, the Japanese Society for Aeromedical Services said.

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