There are two kinds of medical insurances available for international students:
1. The National Health Insurance is for the international students who have an ARC for more than 6 months.
2. The Medical Insurance is for the international students who don’t have an ARC or staying less than 6 months.
Students only need to apply for either one of them.
National Health Insurance
If you are staying in Taiwan for over 6 months and have the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), you will be entitled to the National Health Insurance of Taiwan.
The definitions of staying in Taiwan for 6 months:
If you have a resident visa, received an ARC and stayed in Taiwan for 6 consecutive months.
If you have a resident visa, received an ARC, and left Taiwan ONCE for fewer than 30 days within your actual period of stay (eg. 2 years), amounting to 6 months (after deducting your days away from Taiwan).
Fee and cost
The cost of National Health Insurance (NHI) is included in your tuition fee every semester. The cost is NT$ 749 each month (according to the fee criteria set by NHI), so payment per semester is TWD 4,494 (from September to February and March to August). Insurance Premium Payment is subject to change.
1. One 2 X 2 inch photo
2. One photocopy of front and back of ARC
3. NHI application form
Since students can only get NHI after 6 months of arrival, in order to safeguard the right to health care during the first 6 months, universities will help students get medical insurance that can cover the medical treatments in Taiwan. Students need to apply for it during registration week and usually it will be given to the students as soon as the tuition is paid. Please make sure to contact the international office in your university.
Fee and cost
Medical Insurance is different from the NHI. While the NHI directly discounts from the medical cost when paying, Medical Insurance on the other hand, needs to be paid by the student first and then compensated after certain amount of time. The Medical Insurance cost is NT$4,000 for one semester. Fee is subject to change.
Students need to pay the full fee for the treatment by oneself first. Make sure to get both the payment receipt and the diagnosis for the compensation procedure.
1. One Photocopy of the Post Office / Bankbook cover (to get the refund to Post Office / bank account )
2. Compensation application form
3. Passport photocopy
4. ARC photocopy
For more details, please refer to the Bureau of National Health Insurance
Address: 5th through 9th floor, No 15-1, Gong Yuan Rd, Taipei
Tel: 02 2191 2006; 0800-030-598
National Health Insurance English Service Line: 0800-030-598
Office Hour: Monday to Friday, 8.30am-12.30pm; 1.30pm-5.30pm