I live in a big city in Gunma. Of all the hospitals and clinics in the area, on Sundays only a handful are open. (Apparently nobody in Japan gets sick or injured on Sundays; they really are well organized!)
The closest hospital to me that is open on Sundays is one of the largest. This morning I went to see a doctor because I had been having serious stomach/digestion problems all week (probably caught some bacteria), but Sundays are my only day off and knowing how long hospitals often take, Sunday is the only day I can conveniently go.
Showed up, filled out my paper work, etc. Met with doctor, who listened for about 30 seconds then assumed I had just eaten or drank too much. I explained that wasn't the case, but he insisted on giving me an IV drip to rehydrate me (the equivalent of drinking Gatorade). I said no thanks. So then he tried to give me Lopramide (just like Imodium which only shuts down your guts but doesn't cure the problem). Again I said no thank you, I'm certain I've caught a bug and I need a lab test so you can prescribe me antibiotics.
His reply: the lab is not open on Sundays. You will have to come back on Monday. I said, so why did you meet with me if you can't test me. He said, for consultation! Then he gave me the bill - 4000 yen!!!
I couldn't believe it! So this is the scam they run: get you into the hospitals on Sundays just to tell you to come back during the week, then charge you up the a** for it.
I'm sure as hell glad I never signed up for that scam-___ Japanese national health insurance (which locks you in for life at an ever-increasing rate based on your salary), or I would have been doubly f*cked!
American health insurance might be an even bigger scam, but at least they are OPEN on Sundays!!!