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Legal intervention against medical accidents in Japan

Authors Yasunaga H

Published 16 December 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 39—42


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Hideo Yasunaga

Department of Health Management and Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: The number of civil lawsuits in Japan concerning medical accidents has been increasing gradually. Emotional reports in the media about medical accidents have amplified people’s distrust of physicians. Since 2002, the police have been more actively involved, and the number of criminal prosecutions against physicians as a result of medical accidents has increased. Fear of litigation and arrest has demoralized physicians. Communication of the risks associated with various medical practices is considered vital if physician–patient relationships are to be improved. Moreover, there needs to be a reconsideration of legal interventions into medical affairs.

Keywords: physician–patient relationship, medical accidents, civil lawsuits, criminal lawsuits

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