Fukushima hospitals forced to limit services and reduce number of patients due to Tepco — Official: “We don’t know how long we’ll be able to continue operating under the current circumstances”

Published: December 29th, 2011 at 2:16 pm ET


Fukushima hospitals in financial strife / Services being cut as medical facilities’ losses top 12 billion yen due to nuclear crisis, Yomiuri Shimbun by Joji Takagai, Dec. 30, 2011:

Hospitals in Fukushima Prefecture are facing financial strain–and cutting services–due to the ongoing impact of the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. […]

“We don’t know how long we’ll be able to continue operating under the current circumstances,” a hospital administrative official [at Onoda Hospital in Minami-Soma] said. […]

Tepco Shortfall

  • Hospitals demanded TEPCO pay compensation for the first six months
  • They received an average of about 70 percent of their request
  • Retirement bonuses for doctors and other expenses [like “costs of medicines”] were not covered

Due to the financial shortfall, hospitals [are]:

  • Forced to limit their services
  • Reducing the number of inpatients they accept

Kazuhira Maehara, head of Fukushima Prefecture’s hospital association

  • “Many of the hospitals had to limit the number of inpatients they accept due to the declining number of medical staff”
  • “Compensation payments didn’t start until nine months after the accident”
  • “Unless something is done, it will be a long time before hospitals [in the prefecture] can resume operation”
Published: December 29th, 2011 at 2:16 pm ET


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16 comments to Fukushima hospitals forced to limit services and reduce number of patients due to Tepco — Official: “We don’t know how long we’ll be able to continue operating under the current circumstances”

  • Here is a list of Nuclear Accidents, almost 1 per year. They try to cover them up, until they can’t. These are the ones they cannot cover up.


    Here is a compilation of radiation resources, Troll Jousting Quivers if you may.


  • Mack Mack

    “U.S. Health Care System Unprepared For Major Nuclear Emergency”


    “U.S. hospital workers have expressed fears similar to those of Dr. Nakayama’s staff, saying they would be less willing to report to work for a radiological or nuclear incident than for other types of emergencies.”

  • I just saw a 60 minutes Youtube video about them going into an old abandoned hospital that treated the radiation victims of Chernobyl.

    The boots and clothes of the firefighters who were the first responders were still on the ground down in the basement, where they left them after taking them off. They were HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE, even after all of these years.

    Most of those guys died.

    I wonder if the hospital was vacated due to all of the radiation brought in by the patients, or that PLUS the radiation coming from Chernobyl? I do not recall them saying where this hospital was.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    This article is another preparatory move by the gov’t and TEPCO to setup opening the no-zones and telling people to return, so to avoid having to pay further compensation. Subtle shill article.

  • MaryW MaryW

    I don’t get this! Why are there 7 hospitals operating inside the No Entry Zone, and 6 hospitals operating inside the designated Emergency Evacuation Preparation Zone?? Am I reading this article wrong, or are the crazy?

    • MaryW,
      Close to the plant and be a good place’s to treat sick workers for rad poisonings, be out of the mains stream medical where one may be able to hide problems they would not want to get out !

      Early on I posted a article I came across, it had 6 or 7 men lying on the floor in a hospital room with a nurse tending to them, they did not look well at all, they were described as Fuka workers !

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    I have not been able to post lately; I keep getting logged out! I am trying again…

    • westcoastgirl,
      you still ridding your bike a lot ?

      • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

        Hi xdrfox, didn’t see this til later… I do when the weather is good and I’m not too busy working, which is not much these days. I bought some indoor exercise equipment for the winter.

        I got lazy about testing, mainly because the results seem to be about the same as what I always find. Radiation in the air was lower recently, and some sand samples tested a high of 0.42.

    • StillJill StillJill

      Keep trying westcoastgirlie,….we miss you! 🙂

  • arclight arclight

    “Services being cut as medical facilities’ losses top 12 billion yen due to nuclear crisis,…”

    medical facilities… or oncology revenue from the nuclear industry.. are cracks starting to appear in the nuclear funded health services?

    or are the power companies putting the squeeze on the medical services?

    shortage of isotopes for science based projects??

    and imperial university and oxford were asking for funding for nuclear related projects?? (with a promise of pro IAEA manipulated statistics)

    interesting!! 🙂

  • arclight arclight

    thanks helios
    TEPCO says it ‘no longer owns’ Fukushima fallout

    by: Rick Wallace, Tokyo correspondent From: The Australian December 27, 2011 12:00AM IN terms of sheer chutzpah, Tokyo Electric Power Co’s claim that it no longer owns the radioactive isotopes that spewed out of its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March takes some beating.

    “The club launched the lawsuit after being fobbed off by TEPCO’s compensation department. Mr Yamane said TEPCO was already using the District Court judgment as a legal battering ram to fend off lawsuits from other affected golf courses in Fukushima Prefecture.

    “I wonder what’s up with today’s Japan,” Mr Yamane said. “TEPCO used to keep saying nuclear power was safe and kept building plants in Japan.

    “If that was true, the kind of problem we are seeing now should never have occurred.””


  • hbjon hbjon

    Hospitals are for the extremely sick that can’t walk. The reality is they aren’t used to real sick people being admitted in. Usually, they get elective surgery and an occasional broken bone or pregnancy. The true purpose of hospitals will soon be realized I fear. Healthcare won’t have to create the fake chronically ill anymore to harvest ill gotten gains. They will have the real thing imho.

  • ion jean ion jean


    Hospitals around the world have only their governments to blame about the information/education blackout

    Doctors do not need bonuses until they have proved theiir worth by becoming experts in radiation sickness. Throughout history, true healers have not waited for permission from their government, rather have challenged the atrocities of war and human industrial ignorance.

    Dr. Busby recently stated he’s getting daily emails from Japan about the children dying.

    Now the seals off 4 U.S. Coastlines are looking just like the victims of Hiroshima…

    THE TRUTH WILL OUT AND THE GUILTY WILL get bonuses and retire to S. America…someone needs to build a GE Mark I BWR nuclear plant on David Rockefeller’s retreat just to watch it meltdown and poison all the Elite (after flushing them out of their brand new fallout shelters with some DU shells). Now THAT sounds like something the Pentagon can relate to.