Comments on: Why doesn’t national health insurance pay for maternity care? http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/why-doesnt-national-health-insurance-pay-for-maternity-care/ How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: Adi http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/why-doesnt-national-health-insurance-pay-for-maternity-care/comment-page-1/#comment-4914 Sun, 23 May 2010 06:02:58 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=1247#comment-4914 Great Article. I have already Twitted and put on FB. I always knew NHI is screwed and dead system. This is why most of Japanese have another insurance which covers the difference. One can see TVCM everyday about insurance companies offering hospital cover and cancer. (hospital room and food is not covered either) I rely only on private, so called expat health insurance here. My Japanese wife also have it and she uses more expat than NHI one. (she has both) We never go to Japanese clinic without prior visit foreign one with foreign doctor and get references. This way we feel more safe and so far always were happy with results. It also covers maternity partly, so this is next good point. Wherever we have a chance to fly to my home in Europe, we always use over there too. It`s cheaper (dental, full health check up etc.) Many foreigners here rely only on NHI and think this is enough, but let them believe so. They think if you spend certain amount of money for hospital (2,000,000yen?) government reimburse you. Well, this is the other way around. If you get bill for 2mln. you will pay 2mln. Going to J hospital you may feel like already broken financially when relying only on NHI. I watched program on TV the other day, where Japanese lady with cancer spent 50,000yen a month for medicine and this is from her own pocket. Nobody here will pay her back. Besides, medical system here is horrible and scaring. I don`t want to go too far, but the same hospital made twice mistake with me. Never again University Hospital. During emergency hours on weekends only students serve patients. Doctors have holiday with families, so don@t be surprised when they will tell you, that you may die soon. Ask for credential as I did. It was 5 years ago and I`m writing this in person :)

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By: Crew http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/why-doesnt-national-health-insurance-pay-for-maternity-care/comment-page-1/#comment-4798 Fri, 21 May 2010 09:49:52 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=1247#comment-4798 This is very helpful thank you very much. Usually, detailed information like this is not available in english, so I leave all maternity related decisions with my Japanese wife. Now at least I can learn about the system. Looking forward to your next posts.

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By: SG http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/why-doesnt-national-health-insurance-pay-for-maternity-care/comment-page-1/#comment-4794 Fri, 21 May 2010 02:08:43 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=1247#comment-4794 Yes, the net cost bore by the family may actually be negative in many cases, that’s why I think the policies of assuming that money is the issue is not truly addressing the low birth-rate issue. It is more of a social arrangement issue.

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By: Peter http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/why-doesnt-national-health-insurance-pay-for-maternity-care/comment-page-1/#comment-4702 Thu, 20 May 2010 00:42:03 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=1247#comment-4702 “obstetricians are impatient and don’t want to wait around for the baby to make its move”

I don’t believe this. The most often mentioned reason to me, and the #1 reason in the article is the fear of malpractice suits. The outsourcing of papsmear screening in many hospitals and clinics is related to the same risk.

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By: Franzi http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/why-doesnt-national-health-insurance-pay-for-maternity-care/comment-page-1/#comment-4652 Wed, 19 May 2010 10:29:15 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=1247#comment-4652 There is also a certain amount of money the company (usually the husband’s) will pay in case of a birth.

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