City of Sapporo > Medical Services/Health/Social Welfare > Long-term care insurance system (Kaigo hoken)

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Update:March 22, 2016

Long-term care insurance system (Kaigo hoken)

Under the long-term care insurance system, people aged 40 or older are obliged to enroll and pay insurance premiums. Should they need it, they are eligible to use services such as care at home or in institutions, rent disability-assisting equipment and to receive placement in welfare facilities for the elderly needing care, paying only 10 or 20% of the medical costs charged for such services.
Those aged 40 years and older who are eligible for residence registration in Sapporo (see page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/legal-procedures/registration.html) are obliged to enroll in the long-term care insurance program. Premiums are based on income.
The care services covered by the insurance vary by age and health condition. The use of these services requires application at the relevant ward office (page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/facilities.html#page-city-hall) and certification as being in need of such care.