Background and Regulation
According to National Health Insurance Act, any foreigner staying in Taiwan with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) over six months is obligated to underwrite an insurance policy under NHI.
A person staying in Taiwan for full 6 months definition:
A person who has, after receiving an ARC, stayed in Taiwan for six consecutive months, or exited Taiwan ONCE for fewer than 30 days within the actual period of stay, amounting to six months after the number of days that he or she has been away from Taiwan is deducted.
Process of Payment
The cost of National Health Insurance (NHI) should be included in the tuition fee every semester if you are eligible to underwrite an insurance policy under NHI. The cost is TWD 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). Newly arrived students can underwrite an NHI insurance policy only when they have received ARC for six months. Thus, they join the group medical insurance instead at a cost of TWD 500 per month.
Guide of Insuring in NTU
Situation 1. For newly arriving freshmen who have NOT been in Taiwan for six months or who have been outside of Taiwan for 30 continuous days in the past six months:
Once you have been in Taiwan for more than six months continuously, please follow the procedure outlined in Situation Two to underwrite the NHI policy.
Situation 2. For newly arrived freshmen who have been in Taiwan for six months:
Please come to OIA for an insurance payment form, pay at the Cashier Office, and then hand in your receipt, passport, ARC, one two-inch photograph and the NHI IC card application form to OIA to apply for the NHI IC card. OIA will send those documents to the Bureau of National Health Insurance.
The procedure will take about four weeks, and OIA will inform you once they receive your IC card.
Situation 3. Students who have underwritten their policy to other associations or schools but want to transfer it to NTU:
Please ask your previous agency (language school, company, or municipal administration, etc.) for an insurance policy closure document. Then bring the document to OIA for a payment form and pay at the Cashier Office. After paying, bring the receipt to transfer your NHI to NTU back to OIA.
Situation 4. Students who have underwritten their policy to other associations but do NOT want to transfer it to NTU:
Please notify OIA and check the Tuition and Fees bill at the start of every semester to avoid double paying NHI fees.
NHI Transfer from NTU
Situation 1. Suspension, withdrawal, or graduation:
Come to OIA for your refund and to complete the insurance policy closure procedure.
Situation 2. Transferring to another school:
Come to OIA for your refund and to complete the insurance policy closure procedure. Then bring the closure document to your new school for transfer.
Renewal of NHI IC Card
If you lose or damage your NHI IC card and need to renew it, please apply to the Bureau of National Health Insurance. Renewal costs TWD 200.
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
Office Hour: Monday to Friday, 8.30am-12.30pm; 1.30pm-5.30pm