Doctor shortage hits Japan

It’s not only here that there’s a critical shortage of physicians:

Japan’s health minister promised to try to resolve a shortage of doctors after a pregnant woman miscarried in an ambulance during a frantic three-hour search for a hospital that would accept her.

Eight hospitals turned down the 38-year-old woman, who was six months pregnant, and the ambulance carrying her collided with a minivan on its way to the ninth, said a fire department official in Nara, western Japan.