Japanese Hospital Vocabulary 1 – Cheat Sheet

It is a known fact that the Japanese have the highest lifespan expectancy globally due to their healthcare system. With high technological advancement, Japan offers superior medical services to patients.

Additionally, healthcare in Japan is also free for Japanese citizens, while expatriates and foreigners can also get the benefit after the one-year mark of staying in Japan. They receive free screening processes for prenatal care, certain diseases and infectious disease control.

Japanese vocabulary can be difficult to learn, but practice makes perfect. This is part one of our ongoing pharmacy and hospital vocabulary cheat sheet so make sure you continue part two.


Here are some words commonly used in a hospital:

病院びょういん byouinhospital
受付うけつけ uketsukereception
予約よやく yoyakureservation
診察室しんさつしつ shinsatsushitsuexamination room
医者いしゃ ishadoctor
看護師かんごし kangoshinurse
保険証ほけんしょう hokenshoinsurance card
診察券しんさつけん shinsatukenpatient’s registration card
体温計たいおんけい taionkeithermometer
絆創膏ばんそうこう bansōkōband-aid
処方箋しょほうせん shohousenprescription
くすり kusurimedicine
注射ちゅうしゃ chuushainjection
血液検査けつえきけんさ ketsuekikensablood test
処置しょち shochitreatment
麻酔ますい masuianesthesia

Example Sentences

Here is how those words can be used in conversational sentences:

Example 1:

By saying: ‘診察をお願いします。’

Pronunciation: shinsatsu wo onegaishimasu.

It means: ‘I would like to have a medical examination.’

Example 2:

By saying: ‘診察券と保険証を出して、順番にお待ちください。’

Pronunciation: shinsatsu to hokenshou wo dashite, junban ni omachikudasai

It means: ‘Please provide your registration and insurance card and wait for your turn.’