Tag - hospitals



An anti-seismic reinforced building at the Keiju Medical Center in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, suffered broken pipes and water leakage following a New Year's Day earthquake.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 4, 2024
Hospitals in Japan slow to adopt seismic isolation in their buildings
Facilities severely hit by the New Year's Day quake have not been able to resume surgeries and other medical services.
The figures on the potential loss of 28 nurses, or 21% of the total, emerged in Wajima Municipal Hospital's workforce planning for fiscal 2024.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 2, 2024
Fifth of quake-hit Japan area hospital's nurses may quit amid crisis
Hospital officials said that even before the quake, the area struggled to recruit staff amid an aging population.
According to the latest data, new COVID-19 cases reported in the week to Feb. 11 stood at 13.75 per institution.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 24, 2024
Number of COVID-19 and flu cases remain high in Japan
Per-institution new flu cases in Japan came to 23.93 in the week to Feb. 11, up for the fifth straight week.
An emergency vehicle outside Severance Hospital in Seoul on Thursday. Almost two-thirds of the country's young doctors have walked off the job to protest a government plan to admit more students to medical schools.
Feb 23, 2024
South Korea health alert raised to 'severe' amid doctor walkout
The doctors taking part in the protest say the real issue is pay and working conditions, not the number of physicians.
Medical school students discuss striking against the government's medical policies, in Seoul in August 2020. The proposal at the time was shelved after intense opposition.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Feb 16, 2024
South Korean trainee doctors quit to protest plan to add more physicians
Doctors throughout the country held rallies on Thursday, calling on the government to scrap the plan.
The Central Social Insurance Medical Council has adopted a proposal to increase outpatient fees in order to boost the salaries of health care workers.
Feb 15, 2024
Japan to raise outpatient visit fees to increase workers' pay
In order to increase pay for young doctors, nursing staff and pharmacists, basic hospitalization fees and outpatient fees will be raised.
Palestinian Irish plastic surgeon Ahmed El Mokhallalati checks a Palestinian man wounded in an Israeli strike, at the European Hospital, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 7, 2024
Doctors in Gaza must 'prioritize' patients most likely to survive
Staff and equipment are in such short supply in Gaza's European Hospital that medical teams are having to make agonizing decisions.
Takuro Adachi’s documentary “Sono Kodo ni Mimi wo Ateyo” follows doctors working in Aichi Prefecture’s busiest ER over nine months.
Feb 1, 2024
‘Sono Kodo ni Mimi o Ateyo’: An absorbing dive into pressures of the ER
Filmed at the height of the pandemic, Takuro Adachi’s documentary spotlights emergency room doctors who attend to patients from every strata of society.
Digital minister Taro Kono (second from right) and health minister Keizo Takemi hand out leaflets to promote the use of My Number cards as health insurance certificates at Jikei University Hospital in Tokyo last month.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 22, 2023
Japan to scrap health insurance cards from December next year
The government aims to streamline administration and improve health care services by integrating the function of the cards into My Number cards.
Saeed Al-Shorbaji, the supervisor of Nasser hospital's morgue, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in November. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike in early December.
WORLD / Society
Dec 22, 2023
As Gaza death toll hits 20,000, many fear the true count is higher
Only bodies identified or claimed by relatives are included in the official figures, and thousands more are believed to be buried beneath the rubble.
Displaced Palestinians gather in the yard of Gaza's Shifa hospital on Dec. 10.
WORLD / Society
Dec 22, 2023
No functional hospitals left in northern Gaza, WHO says
Of Gaza's original 36 hospitals, only nine are now partially functional, all of them in the south.
Medical fees will be lowered by 0.12% in fiscal 2024, marking the fifth consecutive reduction in the fees that are reviewed every two years.
Dec 20, 2023
Japan fees for medical services and drugs to be lowered by 0.12%
The government will raise its official fees for nursing and disability welfare services by 1.59% and 1.12%, respectively, in fiscal 2024.
The health ministry in Tokyo. A rapid spread of influenza in Japan comes after anti-infection measures implemented against the coronavirus pandemic lowered people's immunity to the disease.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan flu cases surge to warning level at fastest pace in 10 years
Across roughly 5,000 institutions, 166,690 patients had been reported in the week through Dec. 10.
Shingo Takashima, a 26-year-old doctor, killed himself three months into his specialty doctor training at a general hospital in Kobe.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Dec 13, 2023
Young doctor’s suicide highlights overwork culture at Japan hospitals
The issue is coming into sharper focus ahead of the April implementation of a legal cap on doctors’ overtime.
A My Number card reader at a clinic in Tokyo
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 3, 2023
Half of hospitals see no merit in My Number health insurance cards
Over 70 million in Japan have already adopted the cards, but actual use remains around 4%.
The question of when a person dies is a scientific and moral issue with far-reaching implications in the area of organ transplants, among others.
Nov 16, 2023
When does science say we die?
Debates about when a human being dies are yet unresolved, with profound implications for the medical profession and areas such as organ transplants.
A Palestinian medic cares for premature babies evacuated from Shifa hospital to the Emirates hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 20, 2023
Premature babies moved from Shifa hospital amid Gaza carnage
The World Health Organization has described the situation at Gaza's biggest hospital as a "death zone."
Patients and internally displaced people at Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Friday amid ongoing battles between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 15, 2023
Israel raids Gaza's Shifa hospital in operation targeting Hamas
Israel has said that Hamas has a command center underneath Shifa hospital, the biggest in Gaza.
Satoko Nagamura, a representative of Kodomap (right), hands a letter of request to Koji Takahashi, a senior official at the Children and Families Agency, in Tokyo Tuesday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2023
Japan hospital denies LGBTQ woman support for IVF pregnancy
Japanese hospitals are wary of accepting pregnant women unconditionally due to a lack of legislation related to conception via donated sperm.
A symposium to promote organ transplants is held in Sapporo in October 2022.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 25, 2023
Total transplants from brain-dead donors near 1,000 after 26 years
Less than 3% of patients waiting for organ transplants have received transplants, as Japan still faces a serious shortage of organ donors.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves