Japan Medical Insurance Advice

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Hygiene standards are high in Japan, and medical facilities (although expensive) are widely available and most medical facilities will be recognized by global and Japan medical insurance policies. Probably the most important preventative measure is to make sure that you are healthy before you start traveling.

Dental treatment is expensive as well, so it's a good idea to have a check-up before you leave or make sure you purchase an international or Japan medical insurance policy that provides dental cover.

Make sure that you bring extra contact lenses or glasses as well as any medications you might need. Getting correct medications may be difficult - and illegal if you don't have your prescription handy (it’s also a good idea to know the generic name of the drug as well as the brand name). However, medical treatment and drugs are of high quality and no immunizations or health certificates are necessary for Japan.

Food is almost always safe to eat and you can drink tap water throughout Japan but should avoid drinking directly from streams or rivers. You should also avoid wading barefoot in rice paddies or stagnant water as there could be parasites living in the water.

Emergency telephone Numbers
There are two different phone numbers to dial in an emergency - 110 to call the police or 119 to report a fire or to call an ambulance. These emergency numbers can be dialled from a public telephone without paying for the call by pressing the red button that is located on the front of the phone.

Medical Services
If you need a doctor or first-aid, contact your hotel front desk or ask someone around you. For hospital information, call (03) 5285-8181 in Tokyo. Japanese medical services and facilities enjoy a very good international reputation but please check with your insurer to confirm that treatment at the hospital is covered by your Japan medical insurance.