International patient care training for healthcare professionals

International patient care training for healthcare professionals

Kinoe Tomohisa of JIGH explains the basic procedures of admitting international patients at the Double Tree by Hilton Naha Shuri Castle on Nov. 14.

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


Okinawa prefecture and the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a conference to train international patient care coordinators on Nov.

14 at the Double Tree by Hilton Naha Shuri Castle.

The training was aimed at helping medical centers establish a system in which foreigners who require medical attention due to illnesses or injuries are properly cared for.

Local healthcare professionals learned the fundamentals of international patient care using case studies during the two-day event, which concluded on the 15th.


Following the increase in travelers from abroad, foreigners requiring medical assistance is on the rise. As issues stemming from language barriers and cultural differences are being reported, there is an increasing need for coordinators who can perform the key role of admitting international patients and coordinating with relevant parties within and outside hospitals.


Kinoe Tomohisa of JIGH, a global health and health care policy think tank, gave a lecture titled “Basic Admission Procedures for International Patients.”

She explained how the Japanese government is taking steps to attract tourists and labor from abroad, and that “the number of foreigners in Japan will continue to grow in the mid- to long-term. It’s becoming commonplace for non-Japanese patients to seek care at medical centers.”


(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)


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