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Illness / Health

Healthcare Insurance System

When you go to the hospital with sickness or injury, you have to pay the full medical fee if you do not have an insurance card. "National Health Insurance" will reduce the burden of medical expenses. Foreigners those who are planning to stay in Japan for more than three months and who have registered as resident at the municipal government office where they live are obligated to join national health insurance. Also, you can not cancel the insurance on your own will.

To perform the procedure, you need to bring your "passport" and "residence card" to the National Health Insurance division or Pension Benefits Division of the City Office where you live. For more details, please contact the municipality.

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Illness / Injuries

If you become sick or get injured and do not know the name or reason for the illness, then go to a general hospital that has various departments, such as naika (internal medicine department; internist), geka (surgery department; surgeon), hifuka (skin department; dermatologist), ganka (eye department; ophthalmologist) and jibi-inkoka (ear, nose and throat department; otorhinolaryngologist). Some hospitals provide assistance in foreign languages, so see a doctor without delay if you become or feel ill. Make sure to bring your kenko hokensho (national health insurance card).

If you do not know which hospital you should go to, contact the university's office or the local government.

●Introduction of Each Department

Naika For internal illnesses (i.e., colds, stomach aches and headaches)
Geka For injuries
Hifuka For various skin diseases
Ganka For various eye diseases
Jibi-inkoka For various ear / nose / throat diseases (i.e., hay fever)
Shika For various problems with teeth (i.e., cavities and toothaches)

Take proper care in your daily activities and act sensibly to avoid becoming sick. It is also important that you learn about illnesses and how to prevent them.

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