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Specified disease beneficiary card (long-term)
What is a specified disease beneficiary card?
Specified diseases refer to "long-term specific diseases" and are covered under the Health Insurance Act, wherein subsidies are granted when long-term medical care becomes necessary.
Beneficiaries are patients with hemophilia, patients with kidney failure in need of dialysis, and HIV patients infected by blood products.
What happens to my medical costs if use the specified disease beneficiary card?

By submitting your specified disease beneficiary card to the receptionist at your medical institution, your monthly cost-bearing limit for medical expenses will not exceed 10,000 yen. However, for patients with kidney failure who are in need of dialysis and apply to the following, the cost-bearing limit for one month will be 20,000 yen (as of October 2006).

  • Persons under 70 with a standard monthly income of at least 530,000 yen
  • Persons under 70 who are insured as dependents of persons whose standard monthly income is at least 530,000 yen.
How do I apply for a specified disease beneficiary card? Where can I find an application form?
Application forms are available at your place of health insurance registration or the section within your company that handles insurance. A medical examination report is attached to the application form.
After your doctor makes out your examination report, submit it to the health office, with your health insurance card attached. The benefit will be effective as of the first of the month that you submit your application.
Place of application
  • National health insurance
    Your local government office
  • Government Managed Insurance
    Social insurance office
  • Health insurance society
    Union office printed on your insurance certificate or business administration within your company.
  • Mutual aid association
    Offices of each organization