暮らしの情報

Information for Foreign Residents

Health and Welfare

Hospital

In Japan, hospitals are broadly classified as either General Hospitals with multiple departments or Private Hospitals. Most hospitals (except dental clinics) do not accept reservations. To inform the doctor of your symptoms, it is advisable that you take a Japanese speaker with you. Details of how to make an initial visit to a hospital are listed below.

  • Fill in a first visit form, present it with your health insurance card, and wait in the waiting room until your name is called.
  • A medical interview sheet regarding symptoms, medical history and allergies is completed by the patient or a nurse who asks questions about them. When your name is called, enter the doctor's office and receive treatment and a diagnosis. Follow the doctor's instructions as to whether examination is necessary.
  • When the consultation is finished, wait in the waiting room until your name is called again, and make a payment at the designated window. Usually, medicine is given at a designated pharmacy upon presentation of a prescription. (You have to pay the gull amount of medical costs incurred if you do not have a health insurance card. Take a travel insurance certificate if you have one.)


■In case of sudden illness
Call an ambulance if you cannot go to the hospital by yourself due to sudden illness or an accident, or if you think it is an emergency. The telephone number is 119. If you are not fluent in Japanese, ask a Japanese speaker to make the call.

Health examination and consultation

Various health examinations are conducted by the town. The self-pay ratio for the examinations is usually 30%, but is 10% for people aged 70 years or older. Health consultations with health nurses, blood-pressure measurement and urine testing are provided in the healthcare room of the Town Council and the Nishitomi Citizens' Hall. Please contact the relevant bodies for usage of the Health examination system.

■Health examinations Specific health checkups for the following illnesses are available: lung cancer screening, stomach cancer screening, colon cancer screening, stomach cancer screening, colon cancer screening, hepatitis C screening, prostate cancer screening, breast cancer screening, and uterine cancer screening.

Pregnancy

In Japan, a maternal and child health handbook is issued to pregnant women upon presentation of a pregnancy notification in which the progress of the pregnancy is recorded. Fourteen regular health checkups are partially subsidized and coupons to subsidize six ultrasound examinations are issued. In addition, public health nurses visit those experiencing their first pregnancy to offer advice on pregnancy and delivery. Please feel free to ask them anything you would like to know.

Babies and infants

When a baby is born, register the birth of the baby (see the table on page 6). Health checkups are provided for babies aged 4 to 12 months, including body measurement, medical advice, and lifestyle/nutritional guidance according to the baby's development. Health checkups are also provided for children aged 18 months old and 3 years old. The annual schedule and preliminary examination forms for vaccination are sent in the months when the vaccinations are provided. Child health consultations, developmental checkups and dental checkups (including fluorine treatment) as well as child rearing seminars are also offered. Please inquire for more information.

Welfare benefits for children

Allowances are provided to households that have registered their status as foreign residents and have junior high school age or younger children. An application form is required in order to receive these allowances.

Healthcare costs for children

Niseko Town provides healthcare benefits for children who have registered as foreign residents and are 15 years of age or younger. Pre-registration is required to use this system, which has no application to households with a certain level of income. Proof of earnings is necessary for registration.

Inquiries

Regarding health: Niseko Town Council Tel. 0136-44-2121 Health Promotion Section, Health and Welfare Division

Regarding welfare: Niseko Town Council Tek. 0136-44-2121 Welfare Section, Health and Welfare Division

Medical inquiries: Niseko Town Council Tel. 0136-44-2121 Health and Medical Service Section, Health and Welfare Division

Inquiries in English: Niseko Town Council Tel. 0136-44-2121 Email: kikaku@town.niseko.lg.jp Planning and Environment Division

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