In Japan, National Health Insurance makes it easy to obtain medical services in case of illness or injury.
All international students staying in Japan with the qualification as gStudentsh status are required to join the National Health Insurance Program while they are in Japan.
By enrolling in this insurance, policyholders will only have to bear 30% of the expenses required for medical treatment and/or hospitalization.
International students should apply to join National Health Insurance when they visit City Hall. A National Health Insurance card will be issued at the same section on the same day. You have to take your insurance card whenever you receive a medical examination or/and a treatment.
After joining National Health Insurance, fees must be paid every month. However, a 60% reduction in the fees will be provided to those who can demonstrate that they had no income or below a certain income in Japan for the previous year. Please confirm the procedures for declaring your income at your local city hall when you join.
In addition, there is a system called gbenefit for high-cost medical care,h under which medical fees exceeding a designated limit will be supplied. Please ask at the National Health Insurance Section at City Hall for more details.
When you go back to your home country after finishing study in Japan, you must return your insurance card in advance to the local city hall and clear any remaining fees.
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, the organization which provides services and support for all students in Japan, offers two types of insurance systems. These cover expenses for physical damages that international students incur during regular school work, extra-curricular activities or the commute between home and the university. The insurance will also cover compensation for injuries or damages inflicted in Japan by international students on others during classes, at school events or the commute to or from school. These two insurances must be used together.
All international students, including research students, are eligible to apply, and all students must purchase these insurances.
For details and application procedure, please ask at the Student Welfare Section of the Student Support Division.
(1) Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (Gakkensai)
This insurance covers expenses for physical damage that international students incur during regular school work, extra-curricular activities and the commute between home and the university. Expenses will be paid according to the number of days of treatment.
(2) Third Party Liability Insurance Incident to Disaster and Accident Insurance for Student Education and Research A course:Liability Insurance (Gakkenbai)
This insurance provides compensation as covered by law for injuries or damages inflicted by international students on another person during class, at school events, or while commuting to or from school. Please note that this insurance does not cover accidents during extra-curricular programs, except in some unusual circumstances.
Both forms of insurance must be purchased at the same time. Premiums for the insurance are as follows.
Human Life and Environment
Humanities and Sciences
Also, Japanese Government Scholarship Students and exchange students must get another insurance called gComprehensive Insurance for Students Livesh. The International Students Section of the International Division explains the insurance to those students individually. Other students than government scholorship students and exchange students are also eligible to get this insurance, so if you are interested in this insurance, please ask for details at the International Students Section.
3.Health Care Center
The Health Care Center helps students maintain and improve their health with a regular checkup and consultation about their mental and physical conditions. Students can also receive first-aid treatment for their injuries and sudden illness on campus. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When you are not sure if you should call an ambulance or go to a clinic outside of the hours above, please call the Emagency Rielief Center in Nara. You can get adivice from a nurse. *24-hours service.
4.Hospitals and Clinics around the University
Nara City Hospital
Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology, other
Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology, Orthopedics, other
Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Surgery
Sano Clinic *Available in English
Internal Medicine, Respiratory department, Allergy, Gastrointestinal department, Medical checkup (at your own expense)
*These hospitals may be closed temporally because of urgent business. So you should contact them prior to your visit.
5. A First-aid Kit
We recommend you to have a first-aid kit in you room.
clinical thermometer, plaster, cooling gel sheet
painkiller (e.g.paracetamol), stomach medication
isotonic drink, pre-packed food
6.Regular Health Checkup (except for Non-regular students)
This checkup is held in every early April.
More details will be on the website (http://www.nara-wu.ac.jp/hoken/index.html) and bulletin board accordingly. The health check items include height and weight measurement, urinalysis, visual acuity test, hearing test (conversation method), chest X-ray film, and medical examination. The results can be issued as ghealth checkup certificateh by automatic issuing machine.
7. Tuberculosis Warnings
This is an infectious disease. When you have prolonged cough, please consult a medical institution immediately. If you also have a slight fever and night sweats with such cough, go see a doctor without delay.
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