Korea 101:Health and Healthcare
Updated: Sep 5
Health Insurance System
Foreigners Eligible for Health Insurance
Foreigners registered as aliens who work for a place of business in which health insurance is available and foreigners appointed or employed as public officials and school faculty members become employee health insurance holders. Those who registered as aliens who are not eligible for employee health insurance and their dependents become enrolled in self-employed health insurance. Self-employed health insurance holders must maintain the status of sojourn mentioned in attached Table 9 of the Enforcement Rules of the National Health Insurance Act. Foreign residents who reside in Korea for more than six months will automatically obtain local subscriber qualification for national health insurance. However, a foreigner who has not lived in Korea for more than six months may enroll in health insurance when if it is clear that he/she will stay in Korea for more than six months for reasons of pursuing studies or immigration through marriage.
How to Enroll
① When a spouse who is employed is enrolled in health insurance Register as a dependent on the spouse’s health insurance. Submit documents required to prove that you are a dependent to the National Health Insurance Service. * Necessary documents: Dependent eligibility acquisition report, alien registration card copy, family relations certificate
② When a foreigner is employed - A foreigner can enroll in health insurance if he/she is hired by a business in which health insurance is available. - Your employer has to submit a copy of your alien registration card and other necessary documents to the National Health Insurance Service.
③ When both a foreigner and his/her Korean spouse are not employed - Those who are self-employed or engaged in day labor can enrol l in self-employed health insurance. - Foreigners who reside in Korea for more than six months will automatically be subscribed to health insurance. If a health insurance card is not issued, you should visit the office of the National Health Insurance Corporation in the area of your residence and submit a copy of your alien registration card and your insurance application.
Counseling or Inquiry For details about premiums, eligibility or benefits, please visit the website of the National Health Insurance Service or call 82-1577-1000 for counseling in Korean or 82-33-811-2000 for counseling in foreign languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese).
* Source: Danuri “Guidebook for Living in Korea”
**This article is extracted from Invest KOREA Magazine July, 2022.