Intellasia East Asia News – Japan to penalize hospitals that do not accept patients with infectious diseases

The Japanese government on Friday decided to introduce sanctions for major hospitals that fail to provide outpatient care and prepare beds for patients with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases against prior agreements with local governments. .

The government will also impose penalties on people entering Japan with suspected infections who do not report their health status while in isolation and establish an agency to act as a command center to respond to infectious diseases during the pandemic. fiscal year 2023, he said.

“We will systematically put in place a framework for medical services to be provided in the event of an emergency,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during a coronavirus task force meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo.

The Prime Minister instructed the ministers present to prepare the necessary legislation. The government aims to submit bills amending the Infectious Diseases Act to reflect new policies for securing hospital beds and border control measures at an extraordinary parliamentary session due to be convened this fall.

The bill to establish an infectious disease crisis management agency will be submitted to parliament during its ordinary session next year, the government said.

Medical facilities to be subject to the new rules include those providing advanced treatment as well as those supporting local clinics.

If they sign agreements with prefectural governments on securing beds for patients with infectious diseases but do not adhere to them, they will lose their special designations and cannot enjoy preferential remuneration for medical services.

The new policies call for giving the central government the power to order manufacturers to produce drugs and medical supplies and allowing people who are not doctors or nurses to take samples from people for testing or inoculation.

In addition to establishing an agency to act as an infectious disease command center, Japan will also set up an organization modeled after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the fiscal year. 2025 or later.

The comprehensive infectious disease policies were adopted as Japan eases border controls and seeks to live with the new coronavirus without strict restrictions on social and economic activities.

Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tottori and Saga prefectures among Japan’s 47 prefectures changed daily coronavirus reporting rules on Friday to focus only on cases involving the elderly and others at risk of developing severe symptoms in the purpose of easing the burden on medical institutions.

The move comes ahead of the central government’s plan to apply the new rules nationwide. Nagasaki is also expected to join the four prefectures next week.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a regular press conference that the change “will ease the burden on hospitals and allow efforts to be focused on protecting people who have developed severe symptoms.”

The rule change was made after requests from governors and doctors amid a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the seventh wave of infections.

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