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 the Student Insurance Policy and Highlight of Benefits.
Qatari citizens interested in purchasing a supplementary private health insurance could do so on their own from local resources such as Seib, 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 own private health coverage. Please compare your insurance policy with the Student Insurance Policy and Highlight of Benefits 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. For more information about insurance coverage requirements refer to the Student Insurance Health Coverage Flowchart. If you have further questions, please contact us by email.
Reimbursement and Claims
Current student insurance offers Direct Billing Network in Qatar and Cross Border Network. To benefit from these direct billing options, you would need to present your Qatar ID, student ID, and the insurance card.
For any other health care providers and pharmacies, you will need to pay out of pocket and then claim the cost by completing the Reimursement Claim Form and following the instruction on Insurance User Guide in order to be reimbursed. It is your responsibility to check with your Student Insurance Policy and Hightlights of Benefits for covered medical services.
Insurance User Guide and Insurance Informational Session provide clarification about your health insurance, access to medical services, reimbursement and claim process, and insurance contact information.
If you experience any problem with in-network medical facilities using direct billing or if you have question about your coverage or claim process please contact:
Insurance Help Desk:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +974 5583 5573Sunday-Thursday: 8 am –9 pm; Saturday: 9 am –5 pm