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About the health insurance card

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After you become a member of the Health Insurance Association, an insured person’s card (called the “health insurance card”) will be issued in the form of a certificate.

POINT
  • When you receive treatment, please do not forget to present your health insurance card at a hospital counter.
  • If you lose your health insurance card or there is a change in the information on your card, please report this promptly to the Health Insurance Association.

By presenting your health insurance card at a hospital counter when you consult a doctor (a doctor designated by your insurance), you will be able to receive treatment by co-paying a fraction of the medical care expenditure.

How to handle your health insurance card

It is forbidden to change any entry without permission (except in the address column) on your health insurance card or to lend your card to others. The health insurance card is very important as it serves as an identification card, so please keep it safe. Please do not forget to keep your card secure, and do not leave it at a hospital.

If you lose your health insurance card or there is a change in the information on your card, please report this promptly to the Health Insurance Association.

Organ Donation Decision

In association with the amendment of the Act on Organ Transplantation, a “column for organ donation decision” has been added to the back of the health insurance card. For details of the organ donor scheme, please see the website of Japan Organ Transplant Network.

An “elderly insurance certificate” will be issued to members aged 70 years and older

An “elderly insurance certificate,” which states the portion of medical care expenditures co-paid at medical institutions according to the insured person’s income, will be issued to elderly insured persons aged 70 to 74. When consulting at a medical institution, please submit your “elderly insurance certificate” and the health insurance card. (By submitting your elderly insurance certificate, your payment at a hospital counter will be limited to your co-payment amount).

If the portion of your co-payment is changed, your elderly insurance certificate will be replaced.

Attention
From August 2018, if your income is comparable to that of the current workforce (annual income of 3.7 – 11.6 million yen) and you wish to pay only your co-payment limit at a hospital counter, you will be required to submit your health insurance certification request for limit application.
If your medical care expenditure is expected to be high, please apply in advance to the Health Insurance Association for issuance of the above certificate.

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