Throughout Japan, healthcare is of a high standard, and the same is true of Osaka. In Japan, public health insurance contributions are mandatory and are determined according to income level.
Expats are likely to fall under one of two nationalised healthcare schemes: Employees' Health Insurance (EHI) or National Health Insurance (NHI). Those working in Japan have coverage under EHI, while NHI is for those who don't fall under EHI, such as the self-employed and the unemployed. Both of these schemes fund 70 percent of medical expenses. The patient pays for the balance. Some purchase private health insurance to cover this as well as any procedures that may not qualify for funding.
Below is a list of prominent hospitals in Osaka.
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
►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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