- Medical Services
1.How to find medical institutions that provide support in foreign languages
(1)Fukushima Medical Information Network (Fukushima Prefecture)
You can search for medical institutions that provide foreign language services in Fukushima Prefecture.
(2)For Safe Travels in Japan (Japan National Tourism Organization)
You can search for medical institutions that provide foreign language services throughout the country.
There is information about going to medical institutions as well as about symptoms and treatments.
2.Going to a medical institution
If you catch a cold or get a small injury, you should go to a nearby medical clinic.
If you have a big injury or a serious illness, you should go to the hospital. In this case, you might need to have a reference letter from a doctor.
When you go to a medical institution, you have to provide your health insurance card
If you are enrolled in a health insurance plan, a portion of the medical fees will be covered.
Medical Handbook (Ibaraki International Association)
This handbook can be used to explain basic symptoms when you go to a medical institution.https://www.ia-ibaraki.or.jp/kokusai/english/medical/book/all.pdf
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s "List of Instruction Guides for Foreigners" (In English, Chinese, Korean, Portugese, Spanish)
Documents such as medical questionnaires and hospital admission procedures are translated.https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/iryou/kokusai/setsumei-ml.html
(1)Common medicine for colds, headaches, etc.
You can buy common medicine at a pharmacy or at a drug store. However, it is not covered by health insurance and so the cost will not be reduced.
You will receive a prescription after an examination at a medical institution.
You can purchase medication when you show your prescription at a pharmacy or drug store. In this case, if you are enrolled in health insurance, the cost will be reduced.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to ask us.
Fukushima International Association's Help Desk for Foreign Residentshttp://www.worldvillage.org/life/consultation/consultation.html