A Travelers Guide to Healthcare in Japan
The Cost of Healthcare in Japan
If you are covered by health insurance, expect to pay anywhere between 5,000 - 10,000 JPY for a consultation at a clinic and 10,000 - 15,000 JPY at a hospital
Payment Methods Available in Japan
You can pay for healthcare services using a credit or debit card, mobile payment app, or IC card
You can buy medicine at either an ordinary drugstore (kusuriya) or a pharmacy (yakkyoku). Note: Pharmacies in Japan do not fill foreign prescriptions
Visiting a Drugstore in Japan
Clinics in Japan
If you know what kind of medical attention you need, then you can simply visit a clinic to receive treatment or a prescription
When you are in a Japanese drugstore, most of the packaging on the shelves is only the packaging and doesn’t include the medication itself.
All kinds of telehealth services are available in Japan, but every medical facility is allowed to decide whether to adopt these services.