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Few physicians in Japan use telemedicine 

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei’s lead story said that according to data obtained from the Health Ministry, telemedicine was only used some 2,400 times per month nationwide on average during the first quarter of this year, making up less than 0.1% of all the consultations between doctors and patients. While noting that some physicians, including Japan Medical Association members, are not very enthusiastic about online consultations because they are concerned about the possibility of being sued for malpractice or the consultation videos being leaked, the daily said the need for telemedicine is higher than ever now that the number of COVID-19 patients recuperating at home is rising steadily due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

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