Expat healthcare in Tokyo, and healthcare in Japan as a whole, is largely dependent on one's employer.
It's mandatory for companies that employ more than five individuals to provide healthcare for their employees. Thus, many employers prefer employees who use the national healthcare scheme; though expats can decide if they would prefer international private health insurance.
Monthly premiums are based on annual income, so in one's first year in Tokyo these may be small amounts.
Even if expats opt for a nationalised healthcare plan, they'll be liable for up to 30 percent of their medical expenses, however, certain procedures might not be covered. Furthermore, if covered by an international health insurance company, expats will have to pay upfront and request reimbursement directly from their health insurance scheme.
Hospitals in Tokyo
Below is a list of the most prominent hospitals in Tokyo where English-speaking staff are available:
Address: 8-10-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku
St Luke's International Hospital
Address: 9-1 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku
Tokyo Adventist Clinic
Address: 3-17-3 Amanuma, Suginami-ku
Tokyo Medical University Hospital
Address: 6-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Address: 2-2-2 Toranomon, Minato-ku
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