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Health insurance cards

You will be issued “a health insurance card” as the proof of insurance when you join the Health Insurance Association.

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  • Do not forget to show your health insurance card at the reception counter of the insurance medical care institution such as the hospital when visiting for medical care.
  • Promptly notify the Health Insurance Association if you lose your health insurance card.

By showing your health insurance card at the counter of the hospital when visiting a doctor (insurance medical care institution), you can receive the required medical care while paying only a portion of the associated costs.

Handling of health insurance cards

Altering/Defacing the health insurance card itself to change any of the information shown there (other than the address space) or transferring the card to another person is prohibited. Store your health insurance card carefully; it is an important form of personal identification. Remember to bring it back with you after visiting the hospital.

Promptly notify the Health Insurance Association if you lose your health insurance card.

Indicating whether you intend to be an organ donor

As a result of amendment of the Law on Organ Transplantation, a space for indicating whether you wish to be an organ donor has been added to the reverse side of the health insurance card.See the website of the Japan Organ Transplant Network for more information on organ donation.

Members aged 70 or above are issued "elderly benefits cards"

Since the percentage of medical care costs paid by elderly persons aged 70-74 to medical care institutions varies with income, these persons are issued "elderly benefits cards" showing their copayment percentages. When receiving medical care at a medical care institution, show your "elderly benefits card" together with your health insurance card. (By showing your elderly benefits card, you can keep the amount you pay at the reception desk of the hospital to no more than your Cost-Sharing Maximum Amount.)

If your copayment percentage changes, you will be issued a new elderly benefits card to reflect this change.

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