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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Do you think national health insurance is worthwhile for foreigners in Japan?


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Elly Perkins
ALT, 24
It has been for me. It's saved me a lot of hassle because I live in a small town up north where no one speaks English. I just have to give them my name and my card.

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Vanessa Howell
Teacher, 27
Actually, I heard that it's reasonable per month for the first year, but I'm just trying to stay healthy. In my contract my work says it's my responsibility -- they don't pay. No one seems to know the law.

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Michael J. Case
Headhunter, 27
If you've got a family, definitely, especially as children under 5 are free. I joined when I got here 5 years ago, but if you make a lot of money and you don't have a family, it's not worth it.

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Maria Keefe
Teacher, 33
I thought about joining the Japanese system, but my friends told me how expensive it got after your second year, and I was expecting my income to rise, so I didn't join.

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Lance Matene
Teacher, 29
I have private health insurance, which is worthwhile for me because I travel a lot. The only real benefit to national health insurance is that everyone accepts it.

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Michael Vanwijk
Student, 27
I'm on the plan for students and it's great. You get 70 percent reimbursed and pay around 1,000 yen or 2,000 yen. Even if I was working here and it was more, I'd still pay because insurance is important.



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