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When You Are Ill

Having an Examination

<Clinical Examination>

Should you feel sick, take your Health Insurance Certificate and some money and go to a hospital that treats the symptoms you are experiencing as soon as possible. Each hospital sets its own office hours of outpatient care for new patients, but they are usually open on weekday mornings, and are closed on Sundays and national holidays (some hospitals are also closed on Saturdays).
At most hospitals other than dental clinics, you can see a doctor on a first-come, first-served basis. You may have a long wait at a large hospital. Sudden illnesses and emergencies on Sundays, holidays, and during the night are handled by emergency clinics.

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2 Medical Insurance System

Everyone who lives in Japan is required to enroll in one of the following public health insurance programs: Employee Health Insurance, in which company employees and their dependent family members are enrolled, Medical Care System for the Elderly for those aged 75 years or older (and those aged 65 or older with certain disabilities (by application)), and National Health Insurance for others.

Percentage of medical expenses to be borne by insured persons.

  • Medical Care System for the Elderly: 10% or 30%
  • 70 years old to 74 years old: 20% or 30%
  • 6 years old (from April 1st) to 69 years old: 30%
  • 0 years old to 6 years old, until March 31st: 20%

If you are hospitalized, a fee for meals is additionally required.

Health Insurance Certificate

You receive a Health Insurance Certificate when your application for Health Insurance is completed and accepted. If you have joined the Medical Care System for the Elderly, you will receive a Health Insurance Certificate when you reach a certain age. This card identifies the insured person, so you should keep it in a safe place. You must present this card when seeking treatment at a hospital or clinic. It is recommended that you carry this card with you when you travel within Japan. For more detailed information, please contact Japan Pension Service - Branch Offices, Health Insurance Association or your local ward office.

1 Employee Health Insurance

Company employees and their dependent family members are enrolled in the Employee Health Insurance Program. The company for which you work handles the application procedures and automatically deducts the premium from your salary.

2 National Health Insurance

Those who have registered as residents of Osaka City, but who are not covered by health insurance at their workplace, are required to join the National Health Insurance Program. For people who have a status of residence of 3 months or less and have an address, if your status is “Entertainer,” “Technical intern training,” “Dependent,” or “Designated activities,” and materials affirm that your stay will exceed 3 months, you cannot register your residency but you can still purchase National Health Insurance.

NOTE
1 In accordance with the U.S.-Japan Social Security Agreement, those persons applicable under the United States Statute for Cost Reimbursement (Gasshukoku Hiyou Futan Horei) and are judged to be adequately insured against costs incurred by receiving medical care in Japan by the Social Security Administration of the United States, will be exempt from National Health Insurance.
(Japan has concluded similar social security agreements with the Kingdom of Belgium, the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the Swiss Confederation, Republic of Hungary, and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.)
2 For those with the status of “Official” registration is not required, but if their stay exceeds 3 months, they must enroll in National Health Insurance.
3 Please note that individuals whose status of residence is “Designated Activities” in which the contents of activities that have been described in the designation form apply to the following items (1) and (2) are not eligible for national health insurance
(1) Individuals whose status of residence is “Designated Activities” for receiving medical care and persons that are designated to assist the daily life of those individuals.
(2) Individuals whose status of residence is “Designated Activities” for engaging in “sightseeing, recreation, or other similar activities” and spouses that have accompanied those individuals.

Application and Payment of Premiums

To enroll in the National Health Insurance Program, apply at your local Ward office. You must present your passport and Residence Card (or Foreign Registration Card) when you apply. If your permitted period of stay in Japan is less than 3 months, please present some form of documentation to prove that you will be staying in Japan for more than 3 months. Please use an automatic transfer service to pay your insurance premiums in Osaka City. If using a payment slip, please pay at your nearest financial institution, post office, Ward office or convenience store. Convenience stores will accept your payment anytime when they are open, at night or holidays.

Changing residence / Moving to a different municipality / Enrolling in a different health insurance scheme

You must complete the proper formalities at your local ward office in your new address within 14 days of the above changes.

<Documents required>

National Health Insurance Certificate, Residence Card or other identity verification document, Health Insurance Certificate given by your employer or another Health Insurance Certificate if you are under a health insurance other than National Health Insurance.

For those who are leaving Japan, please bring health insurance card, documents showing your Individual Number (only those who have it), residence card or other identification documents and flight ticket beforehand to the ward office. ( If you live outside of Japan for 1 year or more, you will lose your qualification for National Health Insurance during that period.)

3 Medical Care System for the Elderly

Those who have reached the age of 75 years old or older (65 years old or older with certain disabilities (by application)) are required to enroll in the Medical care System for the Elderly and be insured under that system. For more details, please refer to your local ward office.

4 Qualifying for Financial Assistance with Medical Bills

If a person with severe disabilities, a child up to 18 years old from a single-parent family along with his or her parent or caregiver, or a child up to 18 years old whose income or whose parent’s income is lower than a certain standard undergoes a medical examination by using health insurance, the person can receive aid for a portion of his or her copayment. If you would like to receive aid, please apply at the health and welfare center of the ward in which you live.

5 Obtaining Refund on Medicine Expenses

Those who undergo a medical examination without a health insurance card due to an unavoidable reason and have paid full expenses for the examination (This includes emergency medical visits due to sudden illness or injury abroad), please bring the insurance card, bank account in Japan under the name of the householder, a detailed statement of medical treatment, and receipts and contact the prefectural branch of the Health Insurance Association for social insurance and those with National Health Insurance should apply at the local ward office.
※Passports, plane tickets, visas, and a detailed statement of medical treatment, Japanese translations of receipts, and a consent form for insurers to refer details of medical treatment abroad are also required for National Health Insurance members who undergo emergency medical visits due to sudden illness or injury abroad.

6 High-cost Medical Expense Benefit

Those who have paid large amounts that exceed a certain limit in medical expenses during the same month are eligible for a refund. Please bring the insurance card, receipts, bank account in Japan under the name of the householder to the prefectural branch of the Health Insurance Association for social insurance, and those with National Health insurance should apply at the local ward office.
The portion of your expenses that exceeded the limit will be refunded after examination.
On the other hand, by presenting a certificate of eligibility for reduced co-payments (Gendogaku Tekiyo Ninteisho)), the payment at the medical institution will not exceed the limit amount (not applicable for judo-orthopedics, acupuncture, or Japanese traditional massage). Queries regarding the application process should be directed to your insurance agency.

Below the age of 70
Classification(※1) Up to three times in the past 12 months,
Self-pay limit
Four times and more in the past 12 months【Multiple visits】
Self-pay limit
Households with incomes over JPY 9.01 million after basic deductions*2 JPY 252,600+ (total medical expenses – JPY 842,000) X 1% 140.100 yen
Households with incomes over JPY 6 million and JPY 9.01 million or less after basic deductions JPY167,400+ (total medical expenses – JPY 558,000) X 1% 93.000 yen
Households with incomes over JPY 2.1 million and JPY 6 million or less after basic deductions JPY80,100+ (total medical expenses – JPY 267,000) X 1% 44.400 yen
Households with incomes over JPY 2.1 million and JPY 6 million or less after basic deductions 57.600 yen 44.400 yen
Household that is exempt from residence tax 35.400 yen 24.600 yen
Above the age of 70【Medical expenses paid until July 2018】
Classification(※1) Limit for outpatient care
(for individuals)
Limit for the sum of inpatient and outpatient care (for households)
Individuals with an income level that is equivalent to persons of working age (if even one individual aged 70 to 74 has taxable income of JPY 1.45 million or more) 57.600 yen JPY 80,100+ (total medical expenses – JPY267,000) X 1%
【Multiple visits 44.400 yen】
Standard 14.000 yen
(Annual total amount: 144,000 yen)
57.600 yen
【Multiple visits 44.400 yen】
Household that is exempt from residence tax, Classification Ⅱ 8.000 yen 24.600 yen
Household that is exempt from residence tax, Classification Ⅰ
(For households where all members have no income.)
8.000 yen 15.000 yen
【Medical expenses paid from August 2018】
Classification(※1) Limit for outpatient care
(for individuals)
Limit for the sum of inpatient and outpatient care (for households)
Individuals with an income level that is equivalent to persons of working age Ⅲ(Taxable income of JPY 6.9 million or more) JPY 252,600+ (total medical expenses – JPY842,000) X 1%
【Multiple visits 140.100 yen】
Individuals with an income level that is equivalent to persons of working age Ⅱ(Taxable income of JPY 3.8 million or more) JPY 167,400+ (total medical expenses – JPY558,000) X 1%
【Multiple visits 93.000 yen】
Individuals with an income level that is equivalent to persons of working age Ⅰ(Taxable income of JPY 1.45 million or more) JPY 80,100+ (total medical expenses – JPY267,000) X 1%
【Multiple visits 44.400 yen】
Standard 18.000 yen
(Annual total amount: 144,000 yen)
57.600 yen
【Multiple visits 44.400 yen】
Household that is exempt from residence tax, Classification Ⅱ 8.000 yen 24.600 yen
Household that is exempt from residence tax, Classification Ⅰ
(For households where all members have no income.)
8.000 yen 15.000 yen

(※1)Classification is determined based on the incomes of the head of household and all subscribers to the national health insurance in the household in the previous year, and is applied from August. In addition, households with individuals that are unable to confirm income will be classified in Category A.

(※2)“The amount of various types of income, etc.” means the aggregate income amount of pension/salary/business income, plus share transfer income, dividend income, land transfer income, and timber income, which have been declared as Separate Taxation.

(Note): The term “total medical expenses” in the table is the amount for medical expenses (100%) paid for inpatient or outpatient care that is subject to high-cost medical care benefits.

For persons age 70 and older using National Health Insurance for in-patient or out-patient services, by showing your Old-Age National Health Insurance card, the amount that you pay out of your own pocket shall be no more than the upper limit under the High-Cost Medical Expense Benefit system.
The Eligibility Certificate for Ceiling-Amount Application is necessary for households that are 70 years old or older, exempt from citizen's tax, and have the same income level as active workers I and II. Please apply at the local ward office with your National Health Insurance Recipient Card for Seniors.

7 Refund for Excessive Medical Care and Nursing Care Payments

For persons age 70 and older using National Health Insurance for in-patient or out-patient services, by showing your Old-Age National Health Insurance card, the amount that you pay out of your own pocket shall be no more than the upper limit under the High-Cost Medical Expense Benefit system.
Please bring the insurance card, bank account in Japan under the name of the householder and apply to the health insurance plan you subscribe to as of July 31.
※For Social Insurance contact the prefectural branch of the Health Insurance Association.
※For National Health Insurance, Medical Care System for Older Senior Citizens should apply at the local ward office.

8 Lump Sum Birth Allowance

If a policyholder bears a child—this includes stillbirths and miscarriages—a lump-sum benefit for childbirth will be provided in line with the regulations outlined in your health insurance policy. For information about application procedures, provision requirements, and monetary amounts, etc. please refer to your insurer.

9 Allowance for Funeral Expenses

If a policyholder dies, funeral expenses and certain associated costs will be covered in line with the regulations outlined in your health insurance policy. Queries regarding the application procedure and qualifying conditions should be directed to your insurance agency.

10 Cases Where the Medical Insurance is not Applicable

Health Insurance does not cover the following cases:

  • Medical treatment and drugs that are not covered by Health Insurance
  • Extra charges incurred by a private patient’s room or non-essential dental treatment.
  • Normal pregnancy and child birth.
  • Medical checkups, inoculation and vaccination
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Straightening of teeth

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Services For Health

Public Health and Welfare Centers in Osaka City offer various services that contribute to citizens’ health.

1 Health Counseling

Counseling on health and dietary habits.

2 Maternal and Child Health

Free services such as counseling on maternal and child health, issuing of the Maternal and Child Health Handbook, prenatal classes along with vaccinations and checkups for the baby.

3 Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention

Tuberculosis (TB) examinations are provided free of charge for persons 15 years old and over who have not received a health checkup at their school or workplace. There is also a system to bear the medical public expenses patients who are hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for tuberculosis.

4 HIV, AIDS, STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

All tests are free and anonymity is guaranteed
(Test results will be received within a week. However, the result will be received approximately 2 hours later on the same day for the rapid test.)

HIV (AIDS), Syphilis, and Chlamydia tests at the Ward Health and Welfare Center (No reservation required)
※Except National holidays and Year-end/New Year holidays)
  • Kita Ward Public Health and Welfare Center:
    TEL 06-6313-9882
    Monday and Friday, 9:30 - 11:00
    Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:30
    5th Friday 18:00–20:00 (capacity: 100 people)
  • Chuo Ward Public Health and Welfare Center:
    TEL 06-6267-9882
    Tuesday–Thursday, 9:30–11:00
    Note: Only HIV (AIDS) test on Friday at Chuo Ward.
  • Yodogawa Ward Public Health and Welfare Center:
    TEL 06-6308-9882
    Monday 14:00 - 15:30, Tuesday 9:30 - 11:00
HIV (AIDS), Syphilis, and Hepatitis B testing in other locations
HIV Antibody Testing (capacity: 50 people) (also available on some national holidays , including New Year’s)
  • Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00 (No reservation required / First come, first served)
    Thursdays 18:00 - 19:30 (Rapid testing / Reservation required)
    Saturdays and Sundays 14:00 - 15:30 (Rapid testing / Reservation required)
(Address/TEL)

Osaka Testing, Counseling, Education and Support Center "chot CAST"
TEL 06-4708-5035 (Only available during testing hours)
4th floor, 1-7-30 21 Shinsaibashi Building, Higashi-shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward
4-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, or 1-minute walk from Nagahoribashi Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line

Counseling
  • AIDS Consultation
    Osaka City Public Health Center, Infectious Diseases Prevention Department
    TEL 06-6647-0656 (9:00-17:30 Excludes Sat/Sun, National holidays, Year-end/New Year holidays).
    Public Health and Welfare Center of your local Ward
    Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:30 (except National holidays and Year-end/New Year holidays)
  • AIDS Counseling
    Kita Ward Public Health and Welfare Center
    <Date> First and Third Wednesday
    <Time> 14:00 - 16:00 TEL 06-6313-9968
    Chuo Ward Public Health and Welfare Center
    <Date,Time>
    First and third Thursday 9:30 - 11:30
  • Phone counseling for HIV and STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) in foreign languages
    <Date> Tuesday: English, Spanish, Portuegese
    Wednesday: Chinese
    Thursday: English, Tagalog
    <Time> 16:00 - 20:00
    (except Year-end/New Year holidays)
    <Inquiries> NPO “Charm” TEL 06-6354-5901

4 Medical Consultation

AMDA International Medical Information Center website

https://www.amdamedicalcenter.com/

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5 Emergency Clinics

Emergency Clinics

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Hospitals in Osaka City where English/Other Languages are Spoken

Please visit the website of Osaka Prefecture.

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