Dr. Hiroshi Shiono is one
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|Chalmers Johnson defined my country of birth as a cluster of "Cartels of the Mind." He was absolutely right. But now I'm more inclined to call the same country where my body is about to return to dust "Cartels of the Body." Actually medicine is just one of those areas totally cartelized in this country.|
I know for sure that most of my predominantly American audience will knowingly say, "We are more or less in the same situation here." It is true that PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,) better known as Obamacare, has a certain similarity to Japan's 54-year-old National Health Insurance Act. Article 5 of NHIA stipulates in equivocal words that every Japanese must be covered by one of the several types of medical insurance policies made available by the government.
|This post will soon be followed by MY REVIEW of a book titled "9 out of 10 Illnesses can be Cured All by Yourself" with a subtitle that reads: "Do you still want to remain a juicy patient?". In this revealing book, Dr. Hiroshi Okamato explains why he quit practicing medicine in 2001. This is a rare insider's account of Japan's medical cartel formed among doctors, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and the mainstream media.|