This section covers types of health insurance systems available to employees after they leave the company, as well as benefits they may receive after leaving the company.
Employees are asked to select a health insurance system after leaving the company.
Please compare the contents of this page carefully with the medical and healthcare services and insurance premiums available from your local government and select the system best suited to your needs.
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Please study the following table, which provides a general overview of the health insurance systems you may join independently.
Since each system has its own benefits and drawbacks (for example, some plans will not allow you to withdraw once you join), please select a health insurance system after considering issues such as your current health status and future lifestyle plans.

Membership eligibility flowchart
  Benefits and   drawbacks
National health insurance

Open to any individual at any time (does not apply to the medical care system for retirees).
Local governments with aggressive welfare policies offer a wealth of healthcare services.
No additional benefits are provided.

National health insurance medical care system for retirees
(Primarily applies to individuals who have retired after reaching retirement age)
Sony health insurance medical care system for retirees
(Primarily applies to individuals who have retired after reaching retirement age)
Insured individuals are eligible to receive the same additional benefits (not including injury and sickness allowance) and health activity services received when working.
In some cases, health insurance premiums will be higher than those under the National Health Insurance system.
If your premiums cannot be debited from your account due to an insufficient account balance or for other reasons, you will lose eligibility.
Voluntary Continuation Health Insurance System You can receive the same additional benefits (e.g., childbirth and illness or injury allowances) you received during employment.
The insured individual must pay all insurance premiums, including the portion previously paid by the company (resulting in total premiums up to 2.5 times those paid by the insured when he or she was with the company).
The insured individual will lose his or her coverage (without exception) in the event of any shortfalls or overages in remitting funds, as when insurance premiums are not remitted to the designated bank account on time or if he or she forgets to remit such funds.
Dependents Depends on the standards of the health insurance plan in which the insured participates.

Documents required on leaving the company
Voluntary Continuation Health Insurance System Application to Join the Voluntary Continuation Health Insurance System
Sony health insurance medical care system for retirees Application to Join the Special-Case Retired Individuals Medical Care System
Letter of Confirmation
Remittance application (for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.)    
Automatic remittance application (for postal savings accounts)    


Please note that you cannot receive duplicate payment of benefits from your new insurance plan and Sony Health Insurance. Be sure to select only one insurance planto which to apply.

Benefits eligible for continuation

Request for injury and sickness allowance

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Request for Childbirth and Childcare Lump-sum Grant

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Request for Childbirth allowance

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(Interim measures)
These benefits are provided when an expectant mother gives birth by May 11, 2007 (or by July 6, 2007 for multiple births).

Request for Funeral Expenses (Costs)

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The prescription period during which insurance benefits can be received is two years.
Only statutory benefits may be received.