2016/02/10

See a doctor

I wrote that my 5-year-old daughter had burned her hand on a frying pan last week.

She had gotten a small blister on her hand the next day, and it had broken last Saturday evening.

But clinics are usually closed on Saturday evenings and Sunday and I had to work last Monday and yesterday, I finally took her to see a doctor yesterday evening.

The doctor prescribed ointments to her.

While waiting, my 7-year-old son was drawing a picture of dinosaur on a piece of paper.

A nurse who looked at his picture praised him:

"Wow! You are a good painter!"

He was so glad to hear that, and he kept drawing it enthusiastically.

If there is a pen and a piece of paper, he can wait for a long time.


There are several public medical insurance systems in Japan and we have to take out one of them.

In our family's case, since my husband is an employee, we take out the Employee's Health Insurance.

Employers are legally obligated to enroll employees in the Employee’s Health Insurance program and Employee’s Welfare Pension Insurance program.

Those who are self-employed, and so on, take out the National Health Insurance.

The public health insurance covers 70% of medical and dental costs for us and our family members.

So we only pay 30% medical costs at hospitals and clinics.

But our city provides a health care subsidy for children, so the city covers 30% of medical costs until they graduate from junior high school.

It is a great help for families which have children.

Thanks to this system, I only had to pay 50 yen for the cost of the container of the ointment.


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3 件のコメント:

  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    Sorry to hear that you daughter's blister burst. As child it's always painful when that happens. Even as an adult it is irritating.

    Your health care systems sounds very similar to what we have in England. I have always thought that any developed country should have a public health care system. I really do not understand countries that think health care is only for the rich. It is one of the reasons I will never live in the USA.

    Here are a list of some of the issues found in your post:

    This line:
    She had gotten a small blister on her hand next day, and it had broken last Saturday evening.

    Should be:
    She had gotten a small blister on her hand the next day, and it had broken last Saturday evening.

    This line:
    But clinics were usually closed on Saturday evening and Sunday and I had to work last Monday and yesterday, I finally took her to see a doctor yesterday evening.

    Should be:
    But clinics are usually closed on Saturday and Sunday evening and I had to work last Monday and yesterday, I finally took her to see a doctor yesterday evening.

    This line:
    A nurse who looked at his picture phrased him:

    Should be:
    A nurse who looked at his picture praised him:

    This line:
    Employers are legally obligated to enrol employees in the Employee’s Health Insurance program and Employee’s Welfare Pension Insurance program.

    Should be:
    Employers are legally obligated to enroll employees in the Employee’s Health Insurance program and Employee’s Welfare Pension Insurance program.

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    1. Thank you for another correction, Terry!

      About this correction:


      This line:
      But clinics were usually closed on Saturday evening and Sunday and I had to work last Monday and yesterday, I finally took her to see a doctor yesterday evening.

      Should be:
      But clinics are usually closed on Saturday and Sunday evening and I had to work last Monday and yesterday, I finally took her to see a doctor yesterday evening.

      Clinics are usually closed every Sunday, and they are also closed Satureday evenings.

      In this case, I corrected it like this:

      But clinics are usually closed on Saturday evenings and Sunday.

      Is this still strange?




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  2. Hi Kumi-san,

    Yes you sentence is much clearer and more accurate than my suggestion.

    I mis-read your original sentence. This lead me to think the clinic was closed on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Rather than being totally closed on Sundays and only closed on Saturdays in the evening.

    Apologies for the confusion.

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