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Clinic-attended home deaths up
Staff from home care clinics for the elderly tended to about 32,000 people on their deathbeds nationwide over a yearlong period to the end of June 2008, an increase of about 20 percent from the previous 12-month period, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.
Clinics specializing in home medical services for terminally ill patients were introduced in April 2006 under a system implemented to spur an increase in medical care for people dying at home.
While the system is gradually taking shape, 15 percent of the designated clinics did not make a single home visit during the 12-month period in question, …