Expat healthcare in Tokyo and healthcare in Japan as a whole are of good quality. Health insurance is mandatory and is partially funded by compulsory contributions determined according to annual income.
There are two main nationalised healthcare schemes in Japan – Employees' Health Insurance for those working in the country, and National Health Insurance, which covers those ineligible to use Employees' Health Insurance.
The government covers between 70 and 90 percent of costs, with the patient responsible for the balance. Certain procedures might not be covered, and some purchase private health insurance for extra coverage. Private health insurers require that patients pay upfront for treatment and then submit receipts for reimbursement. The insurer then refunds the approved amount to the policyholder.
Pharmacies are widely available throughout Tokyo, and many are open 24 hours. They can be identified by a green cross symbol. Over-the-counter medication is available for minor ailments, but for more serious conditions, a prescription from a doctor is required.
Medical facilities in Tokyo are typically marked with a blue "H" sign, indicating a hospital, or a green cross, indicating a pharmacy. It's important to note that while English-speaking staff are common in larger hospitals and clinics, this may not be the case in smaller facilities or pharmacies.
Non-Western medicine, such as traditional Japanese Kampo medicine, acupuncture, and moxibustion, is also prevalent in Japan. These treatments are often used in conjunction with Western medicine and are sometimes covered by Japanese health insurance.
Below is a list of prominent hospitals in Tokyo.
Hospitals in Tokyo
Japanese Red Cross Medical Center
Address: 4 Chome-1-22 Hiroo, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8935
Juntendo University Hospital
Address: 2-1-1 Hongo, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-8421
St Luke's International Hospital
Address: 9-1 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8560
Tokai University Tokyo Hospital
Address: 1-2-5 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053
Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital
Address: 1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-8519
University of Tokyo Hospital
Address: 7 Chome-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-8655
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