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

Website: osaka.hosp.go.jp
Address: 2 Chome-1-14 Hoenzaka, Chuo Ward, Osaka 540-0006

Osaka Central Hospital

Website: www.osaka-centralhp.jp
Address: 3 Chome-3-30 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka 530-0001

Osaka University Hospital

Website: www.hosp.med.osaka-u.ac.jp
Address: 2-15 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871

Rinku General Medical Center

Website: www.rgmc.izumisano.osaka.jp
Address: 2 Chome-23 Rinkumachi, Izumisano, Osaka 598-8577

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