Japan's Medical Errors NPR's Eric Weiner reports that the traditional doctor-patient relationship in Japan is beginning to change, partly in response to consumer outrage over doctors' mistakes. In the past, doctors were regarded with so much respect that patients rarely challenged a diagnosis, and doctors often prescribed medication or other treatments without taking the time to explain to the patient what was wrong. Now, Japanese not only are demanding more information; they are beginning to seek second opinions or file liability suits against doctors and hospitals.
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Japan's Medical Errors

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Japan's Medical Errors

Japan's Medical Errors

Japan's Medical Errors

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NPR's Eric Weiner reports that the traditional doctor-patient relationship in Japan is beginning to change, partly in response to consumer outrage over doctors' mistakes. In the past, doctors were regarded with so much respect that patients rarely challenged a diagnosis, and doctors often prescribed medication or other treatments without taking the time to explain to the patient what was wrong. Now, Japanese not only are demanding more information; they are beginning to seek second opinions or file liability suits against doctors and hospitals.