Korean Health Care

As it turns out, after visiting the doctor again today (the third time in less than a week) I am not only suffering from Acute Bronchitis (I’ve never coughed as much in my life as I have this past week; I’ve never coughed so hard that it made my back hurt) but also Chronic Sinusitis.

I only had about two hours to get ready for school (prepare some notes for my lecture) after I had taken my wife Aon and our son, Jeremy Aaron to Incheon International Airport, but with an hour to spare, I thought it would be a good idea to stop in at my doctor’s office and let him know I was still ill.

In Korea, you can walk into any clinic, hand over National Health Insurance card, and wait to see the doctor. Waiting rooms are usually packed after lunch, so when I got to the clinic I have been going to for the past couple of years, I thought it was going to be a long wait. It wasn’t.

I told the doctor I was still suffering from a very bad cough and that for three days I had either a migraine or some sinus-type headache. I was making good time when I saw that I had 45 minutes to get to school for my 2:30 class.

The doctor shook his head and told me he thought there was a more serious problem and wanted me to have some X-rays taken.

Three X-rays later, the doctor told me that I was also suffering from Chronic Sinusitis and that he would put me on four weeks of meds.

And the cost of all this?

Doctor’s visit and X-rays:  9,000 won (about $8.00)

Pharmacy:  13,000 won (about $11.00)

I got to school with 10 minutes to spare.

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2 Responses to “Korean Health Care”

  1. katley June 3, 2011 at 11:33 am # Reply

    Sounds like health care in Korea is efficient as well as reasonably priced. Hope you feel better!

  2. Ken Sherman June 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm # Reply

    That’s what it would cost me at Kaiser Permanente. But, when I had a broken finger that cost me well over a million and I had that stupid cast on my arm for six weeks and it still hadn’t changed-That was at Severence Hospital.

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