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Regarding foreigners' eligibilities to apply the National Health Insurance Program

  • Source:National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior
  • Date:2016/11/2
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I. Health Insurance enrollment regulations of foreign nationals
1. Enrollment qualifications:
(1) Foreign nationals holding ROC resident certificates, i.e., Alien Resident Certificate, should enroll in the health insurance program if he/she has stayed in ROC for more than 6 months, or has left ROC once for less than 30 days and the total duration of stay in ROC after subtracting the length of stay outside ROC is more than 6 months. Employees with legal employment can enroll in the program starting from the day of employment.
(2) The holder of an expired ROC resident certificate will not be eligible for the health insurance program and should withdraw from the program immediately.
2. Health insurance policies for foreign nationals leaving or entering ROC:
Those leaving ROC with a valid resident certificate and if the estimated length of stay outside ROC is more than 6 months, can choose to withdraw from the health insurance program according to the National Health Insurance Act article 37 and article 39 and resume upon arrival.
(1) If the insured party chooses to remain the health insurance program:
No application is needed and the length of stay outside ROC is not restricted as long as the resident certificate remains valid. The insurance coverage will remain valid for the period and the insured party must still pay for the respective insurance fees. If medical emergency or childbirth were to occur outside ROC, the insured party must file a reimbursement of the Self-advanced Medical Expenses application to the local National Health Insurance Bureau within 6 months from the day of clinical or emergency room consultation or discharge. The receipt of the medical expenses, details of expenses and diagnosis certificate should be provided together with a copy of the passport and the respective immigration details.
(2) If the insured party chooses to withdraw from the health insurance program during departure from ROM, the insurance cannot be reinstated during stay outside ROC and reimbursement cannot be applied. The insurance can only be reinstated after returning to ROC and the relative healthcare benefits will then be available. If the insured party wishes to withdraw from the program prior to leaving ROC again, withdrawal can only be applied after 3 months of reinstatement.

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  • Updated: 2016/11/2 13:51:00