Medical Care アーカイブ
Child and Maternal Welfare Services
When a woman becomes pregnant, she should obtain a maternity passbook from the Town.
Where to receive the pass book: Kota Public Health Center
Papers Required: Pregnancy notification document, Alien Registration Certificate
Pregnant-woman medical checkup:
one during the early stage of pregnancy and another at the latter stage of pregnancy
Dentistry medical checkup:
One during the pregnancy and another after the delivery less than one year
Suckling medical checkup:
Two during the pregnancy and another after the delivery less than one year
Those can be received free of charge. You need to have a maternity passbook in order to receive the health checks.
Health Checks for Infants and Children
As a child develops from an infant to four months, then months, one and a half years and three years of age, health check can be obtained free of charge.
Inquiries: Kota Public Health Center
Childhood inoculations are given free of charge as preventive health care against diseases such as polio, measles, and DTP (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus).
Medical Care and Examinations
There are need to make a reservation for receiving medical care and examinations, please check by telephone. First, at the time of reception, you need to present a health insurance certificate at the reception desk. You indicate your name, condition of illness, and whether you are receiving care for the first time or not. You wait in the waiting room, and when they call your name, you enter the treatment room. After consulting with the doctor, you settle the fee at the accounting window and the receive any prescribed drugs. The will issue you consultation card, and when you come to the hospital for subsequent visits, you present the consultation card instead of the insurance certificate.
National Health Insurance
National Health Insurance is an insurance system based on a cooperative system of protecting life and health. In preparation for times when we are ill and /or suffer injuries, the medical expenses incurred by the insurance system are paid out of the following sourced: the health insurance tax (that is paid by subscribers) which alleviates large medical expenses as much as possible; a beneficiary's portion of the medical expenses which is paid by the subscriber when the subscriber receives medical care; and a payment or subsidy which is provided by the national government and prefectual government.
If your employer does not provide you with health insurance, you should subscribe to National Health Insurance. The conditions for a foreign citizen to subscribe to National Health Insurance are that the person has gone through the alien registration process and has permission to stay in Japan for at least one year.
Where to apply: Citizens & Children Section, Welfare Department, Kota Town Office
Phone: 0564-62-1111 (extension number: 114)
Papers Required: Alien Registration Certificate, passport, Work Certificate, and, in case a familiy member bas already subscribed to National Health Insurance, the National Health Insurance Certificate
The National Health Insurance Certificate
The National Health Insurance Certificate will ber issued at the same time the application is accepted One Certificate is issued per family, and a family member should present it when receiving medical care at a hospital, a clinic, and the like.
If there is a change in address or name, the change should be reported to the Citizens & Children Section. When moving to other municipalities or when subscribing to social insurance at the workplace, the Certificate must be returned to the Town Office.
- Insurance co-payments covering fees for medical service and drugs
You pay 30 percent of the fees for medical service and drugs, and the rest (70 percent) is paid by National Health Insurance.
- Supplemental coverage for a large medical bill
Within a month, if and when payment to a medical organization for hospitalization and medical care other than hospitalization exceeds the amount fixed by income, the amount exceeding that is billed to the Citizens & Children Section of the Town Office as an extraordinary medical expense will be refunded to you.
- Aid at the time of childbirth
If a subscriber to National Health Insurance gives birth to a child, childbirth aid in the amount of ¥300,000 is paid. Apply to the Citizens & Children Section of the Town Office and bring along your National Health Insurance Certificate and Maternal Passbook.
- Payment of funeral expenses
If a subscriber to National Health Insurance dies, ¥100,000 is paid out for funeral expenses. Apply to the Citizens & Children Section of the Town Office and bring along the appropriate National Health Insurance Certificate and Death Certificate.
- Cases when National Health Insurance is not applicable
The National Health Insurance is not applicable in the following cases: pregnancy, childbirth, medical checkups, dental alignment corrective procedure, injuries caused by traffic accidents, etc.
National Health Insurance Tax
A National Health Insurance Tax is levied against you starting on the day you subscribe to National Health Insurance. the amount of the tax depends on the total income of subscribers (income from January 1 through December 31 of the previous year). A notice of the tax amount is sent to you along with a payment sheet. Pay at the satellite bank inside the Kota Town Office or at the nearest financial institution.
There is also a convenient and easy money transfer system. Inquire at the Citizens & Children Section or the Taxation Section at the Town Office.
Inquiries: Welfare Section, Welfare Department, Kota Town Office
Phone: 0564-62-1111 (extension number: 123)
- Medial expense supplements for infants
Medical expenses are supplemented as hospital charges for the children before entering school, as attending expenses for the infants under three years of age.
- Medical expense supplements for female-headed or male-headed single-parent families
Medical expenses are supplemented for single-parent families with children under 18 years of age where either the mother or father is absent. Also, medical expenses are supplemented for families with no parents present where children under the age of 18 are under the care of a foster parent grandfather or grandmother.
- Child allowance
For the preschool child, an allowance is provided.
(For the first and second child, ¥5,000 per month is provided, and after the third child, ¥10,000 per month is given)
System of insurance for care and assistance for the elderly
LINK:Outline of Kaigo-Hoken System
Inquiries: Welfare Section, Welfare Department, Kota Town Office
Phone: 0564-62-1111 (extention number: 125)
This system means that when the elderly need comprehensive care and assistance, they can get the necessary health welfare and medical care by mutually helping each other to live independently.
The source of this insurance consists of two routes:
(1) All the insured's premium
(2) Tax revenue
If you want to receive services from the Kaigo-Hoken System, you need to get from your municipal government official recognition that you are in the condition that makes you eligible to receive the service (for example, that you are bedridden or you suffer from senile dementia). This official recognition is called "Yo-Kaigo-Nintei".