Healthcare in Japan

Find out about the healthcare system in Japan and how to seek the right medical treatment...

Residency status is required to access public healthcare; visitors and tourists must use private medical facilities paid for by themselves and reimbursed by their travel insurer. All foreigners resident in Japan for more than three months, and who have a Resident Card/Alien Registration Certificate, must register with the National Health Insurance scheme (NHI), unless they are covered by their employer's health insurance scheme.

This section features information about how to register for health insurance, locate a doctor or pharmacy, and pay for medical care. In addition, there are details on the services provided for new mothers and babies in Japan, as well as a list of vital telephone numbers that can be contacted in case of emergency.