Too Little, Too Late

Kelly, Tim
July 2006
Forbes Asia;7/3/2006, Vol. 2 Issue 12, p34
The article discusses the effect of the hesitation of Japan's bureaucratic mandarins to approve medical innovations on the quality of health care delivered in the country. The Japanese heart patients are using imported out-of-date defibrillators to keep them alive. The Western medical-device makers is can dominate Japan's market for implants because of the country's safety and distribution regulations. There are studies which claim that many deaths in Japan can be averted if there was enough access to technology.


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