In order for foreigners to become members of Korea’s National Health Insurance Program in the future, they have to say in Korea for at least six months. The minimum period will be extended to six months from current three months.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare made a pre-announcement of the legislation of some amendments to the Enforcement Decree and Regulations of the National Health Insurance Act and the Enforcement Regulations and the Regulations on Standards for National Health Insurance Medical Care Expenses on August 28. The amendment was partially based on a plan to improve the national health insurance system for foreigners and Koreans living abroad.
Moreover, only F-5 (for permanent residents) and F-6 (for marriage) visa holders will be subject to the same insurance premium imposing system as Koreans. More than an average premium will be levied on F-1 (for visiting and living together with Koreans) visa and F-2 (for residence) visa holders.
In addition, the amendment will allow the National Health Insurance Corporation to ask government organizations to inquire into amounts in arrears and check whether or not payment is made. So government organizations will be able to check the payment of insurance premiums.
In addition, the G-1 clause was added to foreign resident qualification, allowing lawful refugees to enjoy the benefits of the health insurance system while staying in Korea.