Man dies after 25 hospitals refuse treatment

Hospitals citied lack of beds, doctors

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:17:50 PM PDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 03:25:42 AM PST

A Japanese man died after 25 hospitals refused to admit him to their emergency rooms 36 times over a two-hour span of time.

The hospitals all claimed they were too short on beds or doctors to treat the 75-year-old, according to

The man, who lived alone, called an ambulance after suffering breathing problems. Paramedics rushed to his house but were told by all 25 hospitals in the area that they could not accept the man. Some institutions were contacted more than once.

The man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the first hospital that would accept him, which is a 20-minute drive away. The cause of death has not been made public.

One of the paramedics told Jiji Press they had never experienced "a patient being rejected so many times."