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Health Overview: Medical Treatment

JET-recommended Medical Facilities

Visiting the Doctor: What to Expect

Sick Leave

Dentists

Women’s Health

STI Testing

JET-recommended Medical Facilities

The Fukuoka Prefecture Medical Center provides a directory of all medical centers in any area of Fukuoka prefecture. The search engine on this site helps you narrow down your needs based on language preference, medical service required and the area in which you live. The US Embassy also provides a list of English-speaking doctors in …

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Health Overview: Medical Treatment

Medical treatment in Japan is by all accounts safe and modern and you needn’t worry about hygiene or accessibility. Your national health insurance is accepted at the majority of treatment facilities, and entitles you to 70% coverage of your medical bill. However, you will therefore need to pay 30% of the bill when you visit …

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Visiting the Doctor: What to Expect

A trip to the doctor in any foreign country can be a daunting experience. The following is a list of things to help you overcome any nerves or barriers you may encounter when visiting the Doctor in Japan: You will need to take your Health Insurance Card or hokensho (保険証) with you for every doctor’s visit. …

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Sick Leave

Sick leave (byoukyu 病休) is leave you are contractually eligible to use when you fall ill and are unable to attend your regular work hours. However, there are some key cultural differences regarding the approach to, and application for sick leave in Japan. Sick leave in Japan: Is typically used for long-term illnesses or extended …

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Dentists

National health insurance generally covers dental emergencies only (filling repairs, root canals, etc.), not maintenance (cleaning) or cosmetic procedures. Here are some dentists recommended by Fukuoka JETs. Okamura Dental Clinic Hakata Dr. Okamura received his dental degrees in the US and speaks English proficiently. His clinic is easily accessible, just a stone’s throw beyond the …

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Women’s Health

As uninviting as visiting a foreign OB/GYN may sound, your reproductive health is important! Looking after it should not be suspended for one to five years simply to avoid getting a consultation (Conditions such as ovarian cysts and endometriosis can become major health issues if left untreated). Exams are covered by health insurance, and Japanese …

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STI Testing

Females can request to have an STI test done during a visit to the gynecologist. The Japanese term for this is seibyou kensa (性病検査) and typically includes testing for Candida (yeast infection), Chlamydia, and gonorrhea. You may have to specifically request other tests, or go to a larger hospital for certain types of tests. International …

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