"Living in an Age of the 100-year Life" Part 2
A series to delve into the major challenge facing Japan: "Living in an Age of the 100-year Life." Part 2 focuses on "end-of-life care." The Japanese government has changed its terminal medical care policy in order to curb increases of social security expenditures. Now, elderly people are being encouraged to receive terminal care at home, instead of hospitals. The reality, however, is that a number of patients at the end of life are being taken to hospital and go through life-sustaining treatment with no end in sight. This episode looks into the impact of the healthcare reform on the medical front, elderly patients and their families.