Visiting a medical institution
There are many medical institutions in Japan, and you can receive medical treatment without any restrictions at any of these.
If you take out either Health insurance or National Health Insurance, you can get Public Insurance Medical Treatment at most medical institutions and you will have less to pay yourself. Hand your Health Insurance Card or National Health Insurance Card to the receptionist. Cancer treatment is often not covered by insurance medical treatment and is fully paid by the individual.
Types of major medical institutions:
|Japanese||English||Contents of medical examination|
|内科||Internal medicine||Mainly medication for colds and diseases of internal organs|
|外科||Surgery||Mainly surgery for diseases of internal organs caused by cancer or trauma|
|小児科||Pediatrics||Treatment of children's illness|
|整形外科||Orthopedics||Treatment for injuries|
|眼科||Ophthalmology||Treatment for the eyes|
In Japan, medicines are often picked up at the dispensing pharmacy, not where you were examined. Receive a paper called a "prescription" from the place where you were examined and buy the medicine at the dispensing pharmacy.
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Large hospitals accept cashless payments, but clinics still accept only cash.
Due to the system, it is often unclear how much you will pay until the time of payment, so it is safe to have about 10,000 yen with you ready to pay.