Japan Data

Only Fraction of Japanese Residents Use My Number ID Card for Health Insurance

Politics Society Lifestyle

The government recently announced plans to abolish the current system of health insurance cards around autumn 2024 and switch completely to using My Number ID cards. A survey shows that only 3.3% of holders so far use the cards to verify health insurance.

A survey on attitudes toward the My Number Card by Kioichō Strategy Institute Inc. in mid-October show that 68.2% of respondents understood fully or to some extent the national identification system and the basics of the card itself. Among respondents, 59.4% said they have a My Number Card, which roughly corresponds to the 55.7% of Japanese as a whole, or 70.11 million people, who have been issued a card as of October 2. By contrast, 18.4% of respondents said that they had no intention of obtaining a card.

Do you understand the My Number Card system and basic uses of the card?

Do you have a My Number Card?

As a means of promoting the My Number Card scheme, the government is conducting a campaign to give card holders up to ¥20,000 worth of My Number Points that can be used for shopping and other purposes. The campaign seems to be having a certain effect, with 56% of respondents that have cards saying they have received points. However, when asked if they have used their My Number Card for purposes such as identification or applications to government agencies, only 29.9% said they have, suggesting that it will take more time for the cards to take hold.

Have you used your My Number Card?

Although the use of My Number Cards to verify health insurance status was introduced in October 2021, only 3.3% of the respondents had registered and were using the IDs in lieu of standard health insurance cards, while 35.3% had registered but not yet used the card or had not found medical institutions where it could be used.

Do you use your My Number Card for health insurance purposes?

The online survey obtained responses from 1,000 people who were 18 or older. Individual information was not specified.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pakutaso.)

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