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Finding a Hospital: How to Do a Hospital Search in Foreign Languages

It has been for a while since Chatchai has moved to Japan for his work.
Carlos, who works at the same company as Chatchai, talks to him.

Carlos
It’s been almost a month since you came to Tokyo. How do you like living here so far?
Chatchai
I am getting used to it little by little.
I have one concern right now, though.
Carlos
What is that about?
Chatchai
I need to find a hospital who understands Thai. My wife does not speak Japanese well. I want to find a family doctor, hopefully in the area close to our home.
Carlos
How about calling the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center? It is a telephone information service and is available in foreign languages.
Chatchai
Do they speak Thai?
Carlos
Yes. They help foreigners search for a hospital or clinic in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish in addition to Thai.
Chatchai
That sounds very helpful. Do you know the number for it?
Carlos
Sure. I remember calling them to ask questions in Spanish when I just moved to Japan and caught a cold. The service is open on Saturdays and Sundays as well.

Chatchai later called the information service. He looks very happy as he tells Carlos about his experience.

Chatchai
I called the number you gave me. I was impressed by their kind support in Thai.
Carlos
So did you find a doctor you were looking for?
Chatchai
Yes, I was able to find a clinic that accepts Thai-speaking patients within walking distance from our house.
Carlos
That’s good! It is a big relief to know a hospital where you don’t have to worry about languages.
Chatchai
I am glad that I was able to solve one of my worries. Thanks for your help!
Please refer here for information on how to find medical facilities.

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