The National Health Insurance program is a social security program that prevents excessive medical expenses from being incurred due to unexpected diseases or injury. Citizens pay insurance premiums, and the National Health Insurance Service manages and operates the premiums, and provides the insurance benefits when they use medical organizations, through which citizens can share the risks each other and receive necessary medical services.
There are two types of subscribers to National Health Insurance: regional subscribers and employment subscribers. For foreigners, it is not mandatory to become a regional subscriber. However, employment subscription is mandatory, as your employer is obligated to report your employment status. An individual who has a status relationship with an employment subscriber (i.e. spouse, child, etc.) can also become a subscriber as a dependent of the employment subscriber under certain conditions.
·To be qualified as a regional subscriber
If you are a marriage immigrant (F-6) who is registered as a foreigner, you can apply at the designated National Health Insurance Corporation for your domicile to receive benefits.
·To be qualified as an employment subscriber
If you are a foreigner who is registered as a foreigner and employed at a business facility that subscribes to the National Health Insurance, you are qualified from the date you were employed, and can receive benefits.
·To be qualified as a dependent of an employment subscriber
If you are a foreigner who is registered as a foreigner, do not have any income and are in a status relationship (spouse, lineal ascendant, etc.) with an employment subscriber, on whom you depend for living, you can apply at the Corporation to receive benefits as a dependent.