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Medical systems and facilities in Japan

By Guidable Writers Jul 9, 2016

Medical systems and facilities in Japan are well established, and you can receive a high standard of medical treatments. Therefore, you do not need to feel anxiety that you have a problem with your health during the stay in Japan. Furthermore, you can find English-speaking staffs in most cities’ hospitals. Necessary drugs can be purchased at drugstore if you have a doctor’s prescription. Sometimes, it is difficult to get information when English-speaking doctors are far from cities.



There are Medical Insurance systems for whole Japanese citizen in Japan. They have good insurance system with reasonable payment for the insurance. Non-residents with alien registration card who intend to stay more than 3 months and Foreign residents in Japan can enroll National Health Insurance. Japanese hospitals and clinics do not accept oversea insurance of your own country if you have. Under National Health Insurance, patients are required to pay 30% of the total cost of care at hospitals and clinics. You get National Health Insurance at the government office where you registrar to live. Also, you can get the information of hospitals and clinics where English speaking doctor works at the government office.


Full-time employees in Japan are provided Social Health Insurance by your company. The half of the premiums of Social Health Insurance be charged to the employee, and the other half of the premiums is on the company. Social Health Insurance is almost same as National Health Insurance. If you are a student or self-employed, you will need to enroll in National Health Insurance. Each person in a household must enroll in National Health Insurance and an individual member, and the premiums be charged to the head of the household. Premiums are charged monthly and rates are varied depending on you annual income and the area where you live in.



When you move to a new town, you are required to make an income statement to your new city-office. If you forget to do so, National Health Insurace may charge you higher premiums.