Tips for Your Visit
Some things to keep in mind during your stay:
Patients/parents are encouraged to ask doctors and nurses about their treatment plan. If in the Yokosuka area, your case manager will visit within one to two business days for updates on your plan. If outside the Yokosuka Area TRICARE ISOS will receive daily updates from the Host Nation facility.
Visiting hours are set per the hospital and adhered to as most rooms are shared with other patients. If you are in the Intensive Care Unit, visiting hours are strict and are meant for family members only. They understand that in most instances you are here without family and will sometimes allow a limited few visitors and may ask you to step off the ward to visit if able.
Most Japanese hospitals serve Japanese style meals. If you are unable to tolerate these foods, ask your Japanese physician or a nurse if a family member or a friend may bring in more familiar dishes.
Bring, or have your visitor bring, some Yen to purchase snacks, drinks, and for parking fees as you should not expect to be served American food during your hospitalization.
Very few of the staff may understand English or speak English. Although you may not speak Japanese, a Ohayo gozaimasu (good morning), Konnichiwa (hello/good day), Kudasai (please), Arigatou gozaimasu (thank you) go a long way!
Should TRICARE beneficiaries disagree with their treatment plan, they may sign an Against Medical Advice (AMA) form. However, the patient should be advised that the Host Nation facility cannot be held responsible for medical problems/conditions complicated by the refusal of medical treatment. Active Duty Service Members are not allowed to sign an AMA form. Please keep in mind that you were transferred to the HN Hospital as the care you need is beyond USNH capabilities.
Japanese pay for a lifetime of health care via their taxes. We continue to work hard to build and maintain our excellent relationship with our host nation medical facilities. Without their support, we will not be able to continue obtaining necessary medical services for our beneficiaries when services are not available within our facility. Therefore, we ask that you serve as our ambassador.
- What to Bring With You
- Cultural Tips
- Transportation / Getting Around
- Accommodations for Visiting Family