Japanese medical institutions and their staff are suffering financial losses after manning the front line in the battle against Covid-19. Many people have refrained from seeing doctors in recent months out of concern they might be infected during a visit to a hospital or clinic. Institutions that accepted infected people have also lost revenue as they were forced to curtail or postpone treatment of other patients while spending extra resources on those hit by the novel coronavirus. The summer bonuses of staff at some hospitals are reportedly being cut due to the lost income.

Government support must be extended to prevent the institutions and their staff from hurting due to endeavouring to cope with the pandemic. The Covid-19 outbreak is testing the resilience of Japan’s health-care system. The nation will be failing the test if medical institutions and their staff have to suffer under financial losses as well...

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