Student Health Insurance
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) requires all international and local expatriate students to have a supplementary private health insurance coverage. Additionally, all enrolled students are recommended to obtain and carry their Qatar National Health (Hamad) Card.
Qatar National Health Card
The State of Qatar provides national health coverage for all residents of Qatar by providing them with a National Health (Hamad) Card. International students are eligible to obtain a National Health Card after receiving their Residence Permit. GU-Q will help these students to obtain their National Health Card. All other students (Qatari citizens and expatriates residing in Qatar) are recommended to apply for and/or renew their National Health Card on their own in the Primary Healthcare Center located in their district.
Private Health Insurance
Georgetown University in Qatar requires all enrolled international and local expatriate students residing in Qatar to carry a supplementary private health insurance, in addition to their Qatar National Health (Hamad) Card. Therefore, GU-Q has negotiated a comprehensive medical and travel policy designed specifically for GU-Q students. All international and local expatriate students will be automatically enrolled and charged a premium fee for this insurance on their student billing accounts.
Students are responsible for understanding their insurance coverage and benefits and must carefully read the enrollment and benefit details, including the inclusions, exclusions, and limitations of their coverage. For detailed benefits of insurance enrollment refer to your insurance account and the Medical and Travel Insurance Policy.
Qatari citizens interested in purchasing a supplementary private health insurance could do so on their own from local resources such as Doha Bank Assurance Company, Qatar Life and Medical Insurance Company, and AXA.
Waiving Student Health Insurance
All international and local expatriate students will be automatically enrolled in the student insurance arranged by GU-Q, unless they decline the coverage and provide documentation of an adequate insurance coverage under another private policy. If these students have coverage by another private insurance that remains in effect throughout the academic year, and they wish to decline the student health insurance arranged by GU-Q, they must complete the Insurance Waiver Form and provide a copy of their current private insurance. Students will receive email reminders every spring about the waiver option. Students must fill the waiver form every year, even if their enrollment in a private health insurance coverage stays active in subsequent years. If students wish to maximize their health care access, they may enroll in the insurance arranged by GU-Q along with their private health coverage. Please compare your insurance policy with the Medical and Travel Insurance Policy to make a decision about waiving the insurance plan arranged by GU-Q
GU-Q Students on Study Abroad
When studying at another university, including Georgetown University main campus, you must follow the insurance policy for that university as well as Georgetown University Office of Global Education insurance requirements for study abroad students. If you have any questions please contact us by email.
Reimbursement and Claims
Currently, there are direct billing arrangement between CISI insurance company and the following medical care services in Qatar: Qatar Foundation Primary Health Care Center (QF-PHCC, located in the Student Center), Kulud Pharmacy in the Student Center, Sidra Hospital, Al Ahli Hospital and Doha Clinic Hospital. You would need to present your Qatar ID, student ID, and CISI insurance card (must present the actual card or a print out) to be able to benefit from direct billing arrangement with above facilities. See CISI Traveler App Overview for instruction on how to download CISI Traveler App on your phone and retrieve your CISI insurance card and other documents including the letter to consulate for your travels abroad. Please note that the CISI company has gone green and will no longer issue the actual card; therefore, it is important that you carry a print out of your CISI insurance card with you at all times in order to benefit from direct billing arrangement with above facilities.
For any other health care providers and pharmacies, you will need to pay out of pocket and then claim the cost by completing the Claim Form and following the instruction on your insurance account in order to be reimbursed. It is your responsibility to check with your insurance account and Medical and Travel Insurance Policy for covered medical services.
Insurance FAQ sheet is designed to provide further clarification about your health insurance, access to medical services, and claim process.