Sapporo city offers medical subsidies for both outpatient visits and hospitalization to children until the end of the second year of elementary school.
Child Medical Expenses Subsidy 【子ども医療費助成】
Sapporo city offers medical subsidies for children up to 15 years old (by the end of academic year).
Especially if your child is younger than 9 years old by the end of academic year (or up to children in second grade) and visits a medical institute for the first time, you have to pay only ¥580 for hospital, ¥510 for dentist(for both outpatient visits and hospitalization). You need to show an infant and child medicare card called “Pink card” which can be obtained at the time of the Registration of Birth. Be aware that it expires each year at the end of July. Be sure to get your new pink card before it expires.
For children in second grade and younger, Sapporo city confirms parents’ income every July. If your child is eligible, you will receive a new pink card by the end of July. If not, you will receive a letter.
Only hospitalization costs are covered for older children until they graduate from junior high school, though you have to pay for some items such as containers for ointment and meals if your child is hospitalized. For those children, prior application is necessary to receive this aid. There is an income based limit on aid.
For further information please refer to http://www.4894.city.sapporo.jp/cgi-bin/isDetail2.asp?sURL=file://FAQ/Daily/360.xml&sTYPE=link (Japanese)
Or contact the Public Health section (Hoken-Fukushi-ka) at the ward office (kuyakusho).
Please refer to “Pink card”.