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How to use Medical institutions
If you need an ambulance, show the sentence below to a nearby Japanese person so they will call one for you.
Be transported to an emergency care hospital in the event of a traffic accident or other emergency.
救急車を呼んでください。(Please call an ambulance.)
You cannot choose which hospital you will be brought to. Depending on your condition, you may be given treatment without being questioned, so it is important to fill out the sheet below. ★1
The medical care system varies by country. Avoid diﬃculties by learning about them in advance.
Ask for a general estimate of the treatment cost at reception.
*There is a limited number of medical institutions that can accommodate other languages.
Fill out medical sheet.
Receive doctor examination and treatment,
and receive a prescription.*1
Submit prescription to pharmacy and purchase medications.*3
*1 Be sure to listen carefully to the explanation of the examination results.
*2 Payment here is the cost for treatment received up to this point. Keep in mind that payment by credit card is only accepted at major hospitals. Clinics generally accept cash only.
With cash-free international travel medical insurance, no payments are necessary.
Note: The cash-free conditions vary by insurance company. Please check beforehand.
*3 You will be charged separately at the pharmacy for any medicine you need. Some medical institutions provide in-house prescriptions.
Symptoms and Treatment
|Primary symptoms||Diagnosis and treatment departments|
|Fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose||Internal Medicine|
|Headache||Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery|
|Chest pain||Cardiovascular Internal Medicine, Respiratory Internal Medicine|
|Abdominal pain||Internal Medicine, Gastroenterological Medicine,
Obstetrics & Gynecology
|Bloody vomit or stool||Internal Medicine, Gastroenterological Medicine|
|Diarrhea||Internal Medicine, Gastroenterological Medicine|
|Injury, wound||Surgery, Plastic Surgery|
|Bone fracture, joint pain||Orthopedic Surgery|
|Burns||Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Surgery|
|Ears, nose, or throat||Otorhinolaryngology|
|Difficulty urinating, bloody urine, pain when urinating||Urology|
|During pregnancy (abdominal pain or bloating, spotting, water breakage, concerns about the baby)||Obstetrics/Gynecology|
|In emergencies||Emergency Medicine|
|Unsure what department to visit||General Diagnosis and Treatment|
You will feel safe in emergencies
if you have international travel medical insurance.
Enjoy your travels without worry.
*If you do not have insurance, you can get it after arriving in Japan.