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Health Care in Numazu

Learn about the health system in Numazu: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Numazu.

The healthcare system in Numazu, is a blend of public and private services. It is known for its high-quality care, accessibility, and affordability, making it a reliable choice for both locals and foreigners.

Japan’s Healthcare System

Japan’s healthcare system is primarily public, known as the National Health Insurance (NHI). It is a universal healthcare system, meaning it is accessible to all residents, including foreigners. The public healthcare system is highly recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries due to its high standard of care and affordability. Public hospitals in Numazu, like the Numazu City Hospital, are well-equipped and staffed with highly trained medical professionals. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Japan. However, many expats also opt for private hospitals due to their shorter wait times and English-speaking staff. Private hospitals, like the Numazu Private Hospital, are also recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. They offer a high standard of care, similar to public hospitals, but with more personalized services.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Numazu

  • Numazu City Hospital – A public hospital located in the heart of Numazu.
  • Numazu Private Hospital – A private hospital known for its personalized care.
  • Numazu Central Clinic – A private clinic offering a range of medical services.
  • Numazu Heart Center – A specialized hospital focusing on cardiovascular health.
In case of specialized medical care or surgeries not available in Numazu, expats often travel to Tokyo. Tokyo has a wide range of specialized hospitals and is approximately 2 hours away by car.

Emergency Services in Numazu

Numazu has reliable ambulance services. In case of an emergency, you can call 119 for an ambulance. The response time is generally quick, but there can be occasional delays during peak hours or in remote areas.

Health Insurance Companies in Numazu

Popular private health insurers in Numazu include T&D Life Group and Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans catering to different needs. While some expats and digital nomads opt for these local insurance providers, many prefer specialized expat health insurance providers due to their comprehensive coverage and international network.

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