Supplementary Health Insurance
All students can access the UK's National Health Service. Students on a Tier 4 visa pay an Immigration Health Surcharge to access the NHS, and students on short term visas must pay to access the NHS. However it is very important for both groups to have adequate international medical insurance to guarantee optimal health care for yourself and to protect you from significant financial problems while abroad. Insurance is particularly important for travel outside the UK, medical expenses in the UK (e.g., if you are here on a short-term visa) and/or healthcare costs not covered by the NHS including repatriation.
All students are required to have supplementary health insurance. Supplementary health insurance is not the same as the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Queen’s University’s Alma Mater Society and Society for Graduate and Professional Students offer supplemental health insurance, though you are not obligated to purchase those services. Purchasing insurance is a personal choice and we recommend you compare plans in order to make a decision that is right for you. The BISC does not endorse any particular product.
Please note: If your health card has an expiry date which falls during your time abroad, you should contact your health care provider to request a new card. If your health card expires while you are abroad, you may have difficulty receiving medical care or you may find that your supplementary medical coverage is no longer valid. Some Canadian Residents may be required to notify their ministry of health about absences from the country that exceed a certain number of days. If you fail to do so you may have trouble with health care coverage upon your return.
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