Healthcare in Japan, and particularly in Osaka, is of an exceptionally high standard. Everyone living in Japan, including foreigners, is required to enrol in a public health insurance system. Contributions to these systems are mandatory and are calculated according to income level.
Expats usually fall under one of two nationalised healthcare schemes: the Employees Health Insurance (EHI) or the National Health Insurance (NHI). Those employed in Japan have coverage under the EHI, while the NHI caters to those who don't qualify for the EHI, such as the self-employed and the unemployed.
Both schemes fund 70 percent of medical expenses, with the patient covering the remaining costs. Some individuals choose to purchase private health insurance to handle this balance and any procedures not covered by public insurance.
Below is a list of notable hospitals in Osaka known for their excellent medical services and support for non-Japanese-speaking patients.
Hospitals in Osaka
NHO Osaka National Hospital
Address: 2 Chome-1-14 Hoenzaka, Chuo Ward, Osaka 540-0006
Osaka Central Hospital
Address: 3 Chome-3-30 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka 530-0001
Osaka University Hospital
Address: 2-15 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871
Rinku General Medical Center
Address: 2 Chome-23 Rinkumachi, Izumisano, Osaka 598-8577
►Learn more about the national health insurance system in Healthcare in Japan
"The quality of healthcare is very high and affordable due to the National Health Insurance. In some cases it might be better to get a second opinion about the diagnosis and the proposed treatment, especially if you need to treat a serious problem. Most doctors deal with patients in a paternalistic way and aren’t used to being questioned. Expats will find in some cases because of this they won’t offer and discuss all possible treatments." Read more of what Franziska has to say about being an expat in Osaka.
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