The majority of doctors in Sendai speak English but not their staff. It is a good idea to keep Google Translator up on your phone as well as a dictionary. The listed doctors below are ones we have had experience dealing with and are excellent providers. The costs for health care in Japan are very reasonable. The vast majority of doctors will not talk to you over the phone if you call.
Applying for health care can be done at your local ward office.
The ward office is also where you will apply to become a resident and various other activities. You will need a friend who is Japanese or fluent in Japanese as most staff in ward offices in Sendai do not speak English. You will need your visa and proof of income. If you are a start-up company you can expect to pay very low monthly payment as Japan considers you as not earning income.
During this visit you will also sign up for the social program where Japan will pay you, per month for your child. Japan pays you once every four months-15 February; 15 June; 15 October.
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list of sendai physicians
Below are recommended doctors based on the experience of foreigners currently living in Sendai. Sendai also has a helpful website where you can search their recommended, English speaking doctors. We recommend this LINK for a much more comprehensive list of providers.
Click on the image for map and contact information. Doctor Hozokawa (Male) speaks excellent English-he will even talk to you on the phone. His location is convenient and his prices very reasonable.
Throat, nose and ears
This physician (Male) graduated from the university of Pittsburgh and speaks some English.
Dr. Naika Aida is listed on "Sendai at a Glance" which is a web-based information site for foreigners living in Sendai. Unfortunately none of the maps allow you to immediately navigate to location. You must cut and paste address into separate browser.
Shiono Ophthalmology Clinic is a wonderful place well staffed and the doctor is female. They do eye assessments and appear to have the latest technology. Wait time was nominal and everyone is very friendly. Doctor spoke English well.