Finding an English Speaking Doctor in Japan
Sometimes google maps just doesn't cut it, and you need that little extra help.
Before coming to Japan to start my life as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) I was required to get a health check, which is mandatory for all teachers working in public schools, and a good idea anyway.
Getting the check done in the UK was going to be expensive as I would need to get it done privately, also I needed the results before the end of my training, which was only a week.
This meant I would need to book my appointment as soon as possible, even before leaving for Japan. How was I supposed to book an appointment in a county that I wasn't in, and whose language I wasn't yet proficient in?
After countless phone calls and sleepless nights, I stumbled upon a website called Japan Healthcare Info.
They can find a doctor for you!
Let me tell you, this service is amazing! They can find and organize a number of services for you in English.
You can contact them by email, and after letting them know the location of where you need to find a doctor and what days you are available, they will provide you with options and even book an appointment for you. I also included the forms that I needed to have completed and signed so that they could check with the doctor beforehand.
You will need to pay a fee for this service, but they send you an invoice before they go ahead and book the appointment for you. They quoted me 1500-2200 yen plus tax, and for me it was only 1500 yen.
Pay the fee after the appointment is made and you're good to go!
How to pay
- They accept payment by Paypal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer.
- If you choose to pay by Paypal or Credit Card, they will email you an electronic invoice that you can pay online using PayPal or your credit card.
- For bank transfers, they will email you an invoice with the details of their bank so that you can make the transfer.
- They even send you a reminder email on the day of your appointment, reminding you of what to bring and what to expect.
They offer many other services
I only contacted JHI for assistance with finding an English-speaking doctor, but they can do so much more for you too.
Some of the other services they offer include:
- Translating documents
- Interpreters for appointments
- Find out if your medication or treatment is available in Japan
It's important to note that they are not a health center themselves, and so are unable to offer any medical assistance onsite. This is why you can only contact them by email.
I had a wonderful stress free experience using this service, and it made one of the most difficult things about living in a foreign country straightforward.
I hope this article helps anyone else who needs help finding medical help in Japan.
I'll be writing more articles about how to navigate life in Japan, so please check back later!
Oh hai! I'm Lacy, and I've been living in Japan since 2018. I'm from the UK, but both my parents are Jamaican. I absolutely love all things anime, manga, and gaming related. I'm also a merch hoarder. :D
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