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Long-Term Care Insurance System
Section in charge: Promotion Section, Long Term Care Insurance Division
Long-Term Care Insurance is an insurance program in which those 40 years of age and older are members and bear insurance premiums. When nursing care is authorized as necessary, members can use nursing care services by paying part of the costs incurred (10% or 20%; 10–30% from August 2018).
Those who are 65 years of age or older and those between 40 and 64 years of age who are members of health insurance are members of Long-Term Care Insurance. Registered foreign residents of Shinjuku City are also eligible for Long-Term Care Insurance.
The annual premiums for those 65 years of age or older vary depending on their income and other factors and are revised every three years.
Those who are between 40 and 64 years of age pay by adding the Long-Term Care Insurance to the premiums for the medical health insurance they are enrolled in. The premium amount varies according to each person’s medical health insurance plan.
●Using Long-Term Care Insurance Services
Those who are 65 years of age or older may use nursing care services if nursing care is necessary regardless of the reason. Those who are between 40 and 64 years of age may use nursing care services if nursing care is necessary due to illnesses associated with aging, such as cerebral blood vessel problems and presenile dementia.
You have to apply and receive approval to use the services. An inspector visits the home or hospital of the applicant to assess his/her physical and mental condition, as well as to check on the everyday lifestyle of the applicant. In addition, the family doctor must write an evaluation letter concerning the physical and mental condition of the applicant.
Please consult the General Consultation Center for the Elderly for advice on general nursing care and applying for authorization.
Inquiries: Shinjuku City Office General Consultation Center for the Elderly
Tel: 03-5273-4593, 03-5273-4254 (There are General Consultation Centers for the Elderly in 9 other locations in the city.)
■For General Inquiries concerning the Long-Term Care Insurance System
Inquiries: Long Term Care Insurance Division
Address: Shinjuku City Office Main Bldg. 2F
Written information is also available in English, Chinese, and Korean.
April 1, 2019