Business conditions at more than 20 percent of medical institutions in Japan have worsened due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some doctors saying they have been dismissed, while others have been hit by salary reductions and forced closures, according to a recent survey.

The online survey of 817 doctors, conducted by Tokyo-based medical information provider eHealthcare from May 20 to 25, also found that some of the 528 who responded are even considering shutting their facilities permanently because of a decline in outpatients, a medical supply shortage or other reasons.

The firm conducted similar surveys in March and April. In the latest survey, it asked doctors about the economic impacts of the outbreak on their facilities for the first time.