25 hospitals turn man down in Japan

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TOKYO – An elderly Japanese man died after 25 hospitals refused to admit him a total of 36 times due to a lack of beds and doctors, officials said.

According to Agence France Presse, the 75-year-old man called an ambulance after he was experiencing breathing problems at his home back in January.

After paramedics rushed to the man’s house, they were turned down by 25 different hospitals over a period of two hours, citing that they did not have enough doctors or free beds, according to AFP. Some institutions were contacted more than once.

According to officials, the ambulance eventually made a 20-minute drive to a hospital in Ibaraki, but the man was pronounced dead a short time later.

The cause of the man’s death has not been released.

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