Skip to comments.Hospitals may be forced to hand cancer patient information to state (Japan)
Posted on 09/21/2013 10:59:04 PM PDT by TexGrill
A nonpartisan group of Diet lawmakers has drafted a bill that would oblige hospitals to provide the state with cancer patients personal information, including their condition, in an effort to improve treatment quality, sources said Saturday.
The group, which includes members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, junior coalition ally New Komeito and the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, compiled the legislation to promote cancer patient registration so the data can be used in drafting bills to tackle the disease, the sources said.
The lawmakers intent to submit the bill to an extraordinary Diet session to be convened in October after gaining approval from each party.
At present, prefectural governments gather details on cancer patients from local hospitals through the regional cancer registration system and based on the health promotion law.
But as prefectural governments are merely urged to make efforts to do so, only 25 prefectures currently collect data that can be used to take measures against cancer and key information on the survival rate of cancer patients after five years is available from just seven prefectures. Calls are therefore growing for more data to be gathered, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.
The bill would require all hospitals nationwide to file cancer case data with prefectural governments, while clinics would be asked to do so on a voluntary basis. The information would be registered in the database of the National Cancer Center for unified management by the state.
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politicians and government are not going to improve treatment quality.
Last year before I had cancerous growth removed they gave me a paper to sign asking to use the analysis for scientific research. I misunderstood they wanted to harvest my organs, was kind of funny, but then I signed.
This is a Japanese version of ObamaCare. They want to intrude on individual privacy. Dying with no dignity and no privacy is not something that any decent person would consider “improved care”.
I bet you could make a mint off of inkstamps that say ‘DENIED’ if you sold them to the healthcare exchanges.
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