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Cost of childbirth and benefits
Normal births are not covered by health insurance programs and therefore incur significant expenses including regular health check-ups during pregnancy. Parents also must file a birth notification within 14 days after their child is born. This part is to help parents to know expenses and procedures they need for the birth of their children.

3-1 Health insurance and cost of delivery
Normal births are not considered sickness and therefore not covered by health insurance programs. Parents are advised to prepare necessary expenses beforehand. Typically in Japan, a mother stays at the hospital for about ten days for a birth, at the cost of 300,000 to 500,000 yen. As described later, parents applying at the reception counter of the national health insurance and other health insurance programs they have contributed for will be able to receive a lump-sum payment of childbirth and childcare one to two months after the application.



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