About MIC Kanagawa
Living in a foreign culture where you are not familiar with the language will involve a lot of inconveniences and difficulties. This so-called "language barrier" may seem especially high when you need medical attention for your illness or injury.
MIC Kanagawa's founding mission and goal is to "create a society where everyone can enjoy full access to medical services, regardless of their race, nationality or cultural background."
We will assist your life and medical needs through language interpretation.
Getting an interpreter for your hospital visit
We send interpreters to hospitals under contract.
Our interpreters are all volunteers trained as medical interpreters.
We do not accept requests for interpreters directly from patients. You need to ask a social worker at the hospital you plan to visit for the interpreting service.
The interpreting cost is free at most hospitals, although some hospitals will charge you 1,080 yen for 3 hours.
Getting an interpreter for your visit to public facilities
We send interpreters to public facilities, such as Kanagawa prefectural high schools, schools for the disabled, child consultation centers, government offices, immigration offices, etc.
Call 045-317-8813 to book an interpreter.(The staff member answering your call may not speak your language.)
The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00-16:00, and closed on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.
Please call us 3 days (excluding holidays) before the date when you will need an interpreter, if possible.
Free Health Consultation for Foreign Residents
At the Free Health Consultation, you can get a chest X-ray, urine test, blood pressure/weight measurements, and a medical examination by a doctor, free of charge. You can also consult with a dietitian about your nutrition and a social worker about medical costs, etc.