When you feel sick while staying in Japan, what can you do? In some cases it will be necessary to see a doctor. However you may be worried that you don’t understand what the doctor is saying and that you can’t get the appropriate treatments. However, you don’t have to worry about it if you are reading this article, as we will guide you on to how to find a doctor or what to prepare.
There is also information about hospitals that provide services in foreign languages.
Before you go to a hospital
When you feel sick and want to see a doctor, there is something you should always check before going to a hospital which you may not be used to in your home country. First, you have to check the doctor’s office hours because there are some cases where doctors will see first-time patients only in the morning. Or, there are some hospitals that have a reservation system rather than a walk-in service. When you have checked the office hours, then you have to prepare the relevant documents. The first is a health insurance card. This proves that you are registered as a social security payer and the government will cover 30% of your medical fees. If you don’t have the card, you will have to pay any medical fees in full. The other is your passport or something that identifies yourself. If you have some medicines that you use regularly, it’s better to bring these, too.
At the hospital
When you are ready, you can go to any hospital near you and show a receptionist your health insurance card and tell them that you are a first-time patient. You will then have to fill in a medical questionnaire while waiting. Once your name is called, you go to a consulting room and explain your situation. Do not hesitate to ask a doctor if you have something that you are not sure or anxious about, because the way of medical examination or treatment is different from country to country. If you are allergic to foods or medicines, you will have to mention this in advance. You will also have to tell them if you have some restrictions on your daily life or getting treatments due to your religion or other factors.
There are some hospitals that provide services in foreign languages in Japan. This is provided in the information below.
Ginza / Marunouchi area :
Nihombashi smart clinic (日本橋スマートクリニック)
Clinical departments: internal medicine
Tokyo Business clinic (東京ビジネスクリニック)
Clinical departments: internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, pediatrics
Shinjuku area :
Sone clinic Shinjuku (そねクリニック新宿)
Clinical depatments: internal medicine, cardiology
Shibuya area :
Bancho clinic Omotesando (番長クリニック表参道)
Clinical departments: internal medicine, cardiology
If you have some problems filling in your medical questionnaires, there are medical questionnaires that are provided in foreign languages on the internet. These will also help you. http://www.kifjp.org/medical/
There is also English Contact Information for National University hospitals. http://www.umin.ac.jp/meibo/english.htm This will also help you out.
Now you can enjoy the stay in Japan without worrying about getting sick. Enjoy your trip!