National Health Insurance Administration Ministy of Health and Welfare

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The National Health Insurance Act stipulates that foreign nationals who with Valid Alien Resident Certificate or Resident certificate for the Taiwan area( including those from Hong Kong, Macau and China) must be registered in the National Health Insurance program upon living in Taiwan for 6 months (6 months of continuous residence in Taiwan or with one trip abroad not exceeding 30 days when the actual residency period of 6 months is reached after the days abroad have been deducted). But those people who get work permits with ARC must join the National Health Insurance program by their employer starting the day they are employed.
  • Foreign students
    • Foreign students can apply to enroll in the program through their school.
    • Those who receive permission from the National Immigration Agency under the Ministry of the Interior to extend their stay after graduation shall proceed to the district office of residence to extend their enrollment in the NHI program.
  • Those with fixed employers Those with a steady job can register for the program through their employers.
  • Foreign newborns
    • From December 1,2017 foreign newborns get an Alien Resident Certificate(ARC),they should be enrolled in the National Health Insurance program since the day they birth. Foreign newborns should enroll as dependent of their parent, depend on the parent whichever is employed; if both are employed, eeither may be selected. The newborns' parent must fill out the enrollment document through their parent's insurance registration organization and receive the National Health Insurance coverage.
  • Those who are unemployed but able to enroll as a dependent through a relative (i.e., parents, spouses, or children) could participate in the National Health Insurance program through a relative's insurance registration organization after six months continuous residence in Taiwan.
  • Those without a fixed employer or family members with whom dependency can be claimed, must, after six months of consecutive residence, enroll through the local administrative office where they reside.
  • Company chairpersons/owners They must enroll in the program through their company after six months of consecutive residence.