In Japan, medical costs for treatment and medication for mental health illnesses (psychiatry) are quite affordable since it is covered by Japanese health insurance, just like most other medical treatments you might receive in Japan! This means that you would only pay 30% of the total cost of treatment if you show your health insurance card. You may even be able to claim that 30% on the JET Accident Insurance if the mental illness or treatment began after your arrival in Japan (see below under “Accident Insurance”).
For a step by step explanation for finding and seeing physician in Japan, click here!
First time visit（初診料 – shoshinryo）
For a first time visit to a mental health clinic, expect the overall cost (for the consultation, health examination, prescription fee and medication) to be somewhere around 3,000 yen to 6,000 yen (this is the cost that you will pay which is 30% of the total cost). First time visits are generally more expensive as it may involve extra check ups such as a brief consultation with a psychologist, blood test, etc.
Follow-up visit（再診料 – saishinryo）
For subsequent visits to a mental health clinic, expect the overall cost (for the consultation, health examination, prescription fee and medication) to be somewhere around 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen (this is the cost that you will pay which is 30% of the total cost).
Contacting the clinic about consultation costs
Consultation fees will vary depending on the clinic, so if you want to know about the costs at a particular clinic, do not hesitate to contact them. Possible things to ask: “How much will a first visit cost me?” (shoshinryo wa ikura gurai desuka?), “Can I use health insurance at this clinic?” (kono kurinikku de hoken wa tsukaemasuka?), “Is there an extra fee for night hours?” (yoru wa motto takai desuka?).
More information about mental health treatment in Japan:
You can find more information on the JHI (Japan Healthcare Info) website here!
If you have any information about mental health clinics in Mie or would like to share about your experience visiting one, please contact the PAs so that we can add this information anonymously to our website.
The JET Accident Insurance Policy lets JETs claim back medical costs for illnesses and injuries that occur after arriving in Japan, which could include any mental illnesses that you develop since coming to Japan. When receiving treatment, you should use your national health insurance, and remaining costs can be claimed with the JET Accident Insurance (you will be paid the remaining costs minus ¥5,000). So claims cannot be made if the medical cost is less than ¥5,000.
After you visit a clinic to start treatment for a mental illness, or any other illness/injury (that you suspect will be relatively ongoing or costing you more than ¥5,000 yen in a period of 180 days), make sure to contact the Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance within 30 days to inform them of your illness/injury otherwise you may not be able to make a claim. Call them weekdays between 9am – 5pm on 0120-881-018 and ask for “English please” if you do not want to speak to them in Japanese.