Aichi Medical Interpretation System – Get help with translation at the hospital

Let’s face it, going to the doctor in Japan as a foreigner can be a daunting experience. Filling out forms, explaining your problem and navigating the system can all be somewhat overwhelming even if it is a minor ailment.

To help alleviate this problem the Aichi Medical Interpretation System (AiMIS) helps foreign residents of Aichi with medical translation. The service is available for speakers of English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Filipino. In addition there is limited support for Vietnamese, Nepalese, Thai, Malay, Arabic, Korean and Indonesian. (Some of these languages do not offer translation over the phone.)

The service is limited to participating hospitals (see list below) and provides both telephonic and interpreter dispatch services. For telephonic interpretation they can provide support for first time visits, emergencies and at night. They operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year (Filipino interpreters are only available weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm.)

Additionally AiMIS offers to dispatch interpreters. A medical interpreter with a set level of knowledge and skills can be dispatched at the request of a medical institution. Note however that this requires an appointment.

Also if you need medical referrals translated – say from a clinic to other medical institutions – they can provide this service as well.
The interpreters are dispatched at the request of the medical institution – not directly from the patient and there are some medical institutions where the service is not available.

As a general rule half of the interpretation fees will be charged to the patient and half to the medical institution. When an interpreter is dispatched the fee (for the patient) ranges from ¥1,500 to ¥2,500 for two hours, depending on the level of specialization necessary for the interpretation.

Again, these services are available only to the medical facilities which have an agreement with Aichi prefecture.

If you have any questions, please contact their office at 050-5814-7263.

If you go to the medical facilities without a reservation, a telephone interpretation may be available, but an interpreter cannot be dispatched.

Onsite (dispatch) interpretation is well suited for the cases listed. Therefore, please consult their office at (same number as above) for reservations, for onsite (dispatch) interpreters, if the matter is not urgent.

Basically some hospitals allow for telephonic translation others request a translator to be dispatched. In some cases when you don’t read any Japanese and don’t know your way around and can’t understand the signs or the movement through various stations at the hospital it is best to call the AiMIS office and ask for assistance.

 

Here is a list of participating Medical Institutions:

Kyoritsu General Hospital
4-33 Goban-cho
Atsuta-ku Nagoya-shi
(052)654-2211

Minami Seikyo Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
36 Hirako Oodaka-cho Midori-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)625-0373

Meijo Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
1-3-1 Sannomaru Naka-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)201-5311

Nagoya Daiichi Red Cross Hospital
3-35 Michishita-cho Nakamura-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)481-5111

Social Insurance Chukyo Hospital
1-1-10 Sanjou Minami-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)691-7151

Nagoya Medical Center
4-1-1 Sannomaru Naka-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)951-1111

Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital
2-9 Myouken-cho Showa-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)832-1121

Nagoya University Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
65 Tsurumai-cho Showa-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)744-2854

Aichi Cancer Center Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
1-1 Kanokoden Chikusa-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)762-6111

East Nagoya Diagnostic Imaging Clinic
(Interpreter dispatch only)
3-4-26 Jiyugaoka Chikusa-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)764-1711

Emergency nightshift and holiday consultation center of the Aichi Medic Association
39-15 Daikan-cho Higashi-ku
Nagoya-shi
(052)937-7801

Fujita Health University Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
1-98 Dengakugakubo Kutsukakecho, Toyoake-shi
0562-93-2864

Aichi Medical University Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
1-1 Karimata Yazako
Nagakute-shi 0561-62-3311

Yamashita Hospital
1-3-5 Nakacho
Ichinomiya-shi
0586-45-4511

Ichinomiya Municipal Hospital
2-2-22 Bunkyo Ichinomiya-shi 0586-71-1911
Daiyukai Dai-ichi Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
1-6-12 Hagoromo Ichinomiya-shi 0586-72-1211

Chiaki Hospital
(Interpreter dispatch only)
1 Sannou Aza Shiojiri Chiaki-cho Ichinomiya-shi
0586-77-0012

Komaki Clinic
807-5 Sakurai Kitatoyama Ooaza
Komaki-shi
0568-75-3500

Tokai Memorial Hospital
681-47 Oohora Aza Hazama-cho Kasugai-shi
0568-88-0568

Inazawa City Hospital
100 Numa Naduka-cho
Inazawa-shi
0587-32-2111

Tosei General Hospital
160 Nishioiwake-cho Seto-shi
0561-82-1969

Okazaki City Hospital
3-1 Goshogo Aza Kouryuji-cho
Okazaki-shi
0564-66-7225

Midorinomori Children’s Clinic
2-19-7 Ueji
Okazaki-shi
0564-57-2710

Uno Hospital
1-10 Nakaokaki-cho
Okazaki-shi
0564-24-2211

Emergency night-shift consultation center of the Okazaki Medic Association
1-9-1 Tatsuminishi
Okazaki-shi
0564-52-1572

Toyota Kosei Hospital
500-1 Iboharada Josui-cho
Toyota-shi
0565-43-5000

Toyota City Children’s Mental and Physical Development Center Nozomi Medical Office
(Interpreter dispatch only)
2-18 Nishiyama-cho
Toyota-shi
0565-32-8985

Toyokawa City Hospital
1-19 Komei-cho
Toyokawa-shi
0533-86-1111

Narita Memorial Hospital
78 Shirakawa-cho
Toyohashi-shi
0532-31-2167

Toyohashi Medical Center
50 Hamamichigami Aza Imure-cho Toyohashi-shi
0532-62-0301

Honji Eye Medical
(Interpreter dispatch only)
163-2 Midorigaoka Midori-cho Owariasahi-shi
0561-51-4930

Oota Eye Clinic
4902-8 Hirokute Asahimae-cho Owariasahi-shi
0561-54-8566

Okuda Eye Clinic
1-15-3 Wagogaoka Togo-cho
Aichi-gun
0561-38-6588

Gamagori City Hospital
1-1Mukaida Hirata-cho
Gamagori-shi
0533-66-2200

Nishio City Hospital
6 Kamiawara Kumami-cho
Nishio-shi
0563-56-3171

Miyoshi Eye Clinic
(Interpreter dispatch only)
20-5 Ichoden Ukigai-cho
Miyoshi-shi
0561-33-4567

Higashigaoka Clinic
(Interpreter dispatch only)
11-6 Takanedai Aza Fukusumi Ooaza Agui-cho Chita-gun
0569-48-5551

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