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Medical care cost information

The Health Insurance Society prepares “medical care cost information” so that you can check how much you paid in medical care costs and review the actual medical care costs.

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  • Check the actual metical care costs using your “medical care cost information” and receipts or detailed statements.

Medical care costs for treatment of sickness or injury are uniform at all hospitals in Japan, based on the standards established by the Japanese government as Medical Fees. However, if you show your health insurance card, the only amount you pay at the hospital is the copayment. This can make it difficult to understand the actual amount of the medical care costs.

For this reason, the Health Insurance Society prepares and distributes to members “medical care cost information” showing details such as the amount of medical care costs you paid and the benefits paid by the Society. It sends this information in March for medical care costs incurred from January through December of the preceding year.

In addition, medical care institutions will issue receipts showing medical care costs per item, including charges for the first consultation, checkup charges and treatment charges, as well as detailed statements showing more detailed “medical care information”. Try to check these against the medical care cost information you receive from the Health Insurance Society later.
Starting with final income tax returns filed for 2017 income, to claim medical expenses deductions, you may choose to attach medical care cost information in place of receipts for medical care costs. Since medical care cost information cannot be reissued if lost, keep it in a safe place.
Medical care cost information for 2017 includes information on medical care received from January through November 2017.
Since care received (and payments made) in December 2017 will not appear on the medical care cost information sent from the Health Insurance Society, be sure to retain receipts for that month yourself and attach them when claiming medical expenses deductions.

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