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Bed Bound With Little Hope of Recovery

Of the quarter-million patients in Japan estimated to be fed through a tube, more than 90 percent are bed bound, according to the survey by Japan's hospital association. They are, on average, 81 years old and nourished by a tube for 2.3 years.

Published Dec. 8, 2013

Sources: OECD; Bloomberg Rankings; Kaiser Family Foundation; U.S. Census Bureau; Japanese Health Ministry, U.S. Centers for Disease Control; RAND Corporation; New England Journal of Medicine

REPORTING: KANOKO MATSUYAMA / BLOOMBERG NEWS, GRAPHIC: DAVE MERRILL / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA