A few months ago, we reported on a tragic episode concerning the (nationalized) Japanese health care system. Since our visitors who admire such systems fret that we seem to always pick on the MVNHS©, and that there are other systems that apparently can do no wrong, let's examine the latest from the Land of the Rising Sun:
"An 89-year-old woman died after an ambulance crew spent two hours trying 30 hospitals before finding one that would accept her for treatment, Japanese officials said Friday."
After several hours, during which the poor woman was bleeding and suffering from diahrea, the ambulance crew was finally able to locate a hospital that would treat her. Not could treat her, as if she had some exotic and rare condition, but would treat her, as in "gosh, what a bother."
During the trip, her heart actually stopped; the EMT's were able to temporarily revive her, but she died soon after.
But hey, at least the care was free.