The face of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

The composition of the cabinet has changed.
Naturally, the most interesting post is the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Until now, ministers from the Ministry of Finance have continued to serve.
Naturally, from the standpoint of fiscal reform, the policy will be to curb the expansion of medical insurance and long-term care insurance.
The next minister is a member of the medical field who is close to the Medical Association and Hospital Association.
He has a background in academics and is well known for his honest personality.
The medical association may be relieved that they have someone who understands the industry and can talk to them.
However, since I have accepted the position of minister, I cannot afford to adopt lenient policies in order to reform the national system at a time when financial difficulties are the top priority.
In fact, I think he accepted the position with the determination to make a fair decision so as not to be seen as pro-industry.
Therefore, I suspect that it will be even more difficult for the medical and nursing care industry.
When it comes to countermeasures against the coronavirus, the political administration has been keeping a strict eye on the current medical associations and hospital associations.
I understand that in the field medical system, it is difficult for small and medium-sized private medical institutions to deal with the coronavirus due to the scale of their facilities, but even so, from a sense of medical mission, they should have done more to respond to the coronavirus.
As a person involved, I am still wondering what I should have done.
The situation is not over; the coronavirus environment will continue.
It is natural that there are differences between the policy side and the medical industry’s position.
The minister must do the job of adjusting the fallout between them.
I believe that the recent personnel changes are the administration’s determination to move towards stricter policies rather than protecting the industry.
Expectations are grim for next spring’s comprehensive medical and nursing care reform, but I am prepared for the results to be even more severe.
With personnel costs and miscellaneous expenses soaring, labor shortages will likely be fatal to work style reforms.
The nursing care industry is also changing from an uphill slope to a downhill slope.
Even as the birthrate declines and the population ages, the absolute number of elderly people will eventually decline.
Instead of growth, it will be a stable equilibrium contraction.
Medical and nursing care policies for the elderly are changing from a tailwind to a headwind.
A tailwind is dangerous when going down a mountain.
Fall down and roll down.
I would rather use the headwind as a crutch to support my body and keep me from falling.
Go down the mountain slowly.
Don’t take your eyes off your feet.

Pulse oximeter 98/98/98
Body temperature 36.5
Yasunari Koyamar


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